Officer Uses Phone App to Apprehend Robber

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An iPhone 4 proved useful in helping police track down a robber on Thursday in Manhattan.

It was all wrapped up within a half-hour.

The case involved the robbery of an iPhone from a handbag store. On Friday, the arresting officer, Robert Garland, shared details about the arrest.

At about 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, a cashier at Tuci Italia was taking a break and watching videos on YouTube.

A man entered the shop, pointed a gun at her, grabbed her iPhone and fled.

When Officer Garland and Sgt. Richard Coan arrived, they found the woman crying. Mr. Garland said “I told her when I walked in, ‘I’m going to find your iPhone.’”

The ace up the sleeve of Officer Garland, an avid Apple consumer was something called “Find My iPhone,” a free app that he had on the iPhone in his pocket.

Punching in the victim’s Apple ID, he determined by a small gray phone icon on a digital map that the robber was near Eighth Avenue and 51st Street.

The signal shifted, to Eighth Avenue and 49th Street. There, a man later identified by the police as George Bradshaw stepped outside a Food Emporium.

Officer Garland pushed the “Play Sound” button on his phone. A pinging beep began emitting from Mr. Bradshaw, twenty feet away.

As the officers closed in, the pinging stopped.

The officer hit “play” again, prompting another round of pings. Mr. Bradshaw was caught with the stolen iPhone in his right sock, Officer Garland said. The victim later identified him as the robber.

Mr. Bradshaw, already facing charges in a cellphone theft last month, was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

Via The New York Times.

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