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Apple fanatic NYPD cop gets back stolen Apple iPhone in record time

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Apple fanatic NYPD cop gets back stolen Apple iPhone in record time
The cashier at a luxury clothing store in New York City, Tuci Italia, was taking a break, watching YouTube videos on her Apple iPhone with earphones on. A man walked into the store, pointed a gun at her, and demanded she turn over her iPhone. She handed over her handset and called the police. Responding to the call were Officer Robert Garland and Sgt. Richard Coan. Trying to calm the crying victim, Garland told her that he would get her iPhone back. The officer had a good reason to be confident since he and his wife are fans of all things Apple (both he and his wife own iPhones, iPads, and Macintosh computers) and he knew some apps that might be able to track down the purloined device.

Find my iPhone can help find a stolen unit

Find my iPhone can help find a stolen unit

Wasting no time, the officer took out his Apple iPhone, loaded up the Find my iPhone app and punched in the victim's Apple ID number. Quickly, the officer was able to lock in on the suspect about 10 blocks away. Garland and his partner started up their patrol car and followed the suspect to a supermarket, the Food Emporium. Officer Garland pressed the "play sound" button on the app and instantly a pinging sound could be heard coming from a man outside the store, about 20 feet away from the officers.

Officers Garland and Coan along with two other policemen made the bust. 40 year old George Bradshaw was arrested and the Apple iPhone returned to the proper owner. Amazingly, the whole thing took only 30 minutes. Had Bradshaw been as knowledgeable about Apple as Officer Garland, he could have disabled the iCloud trace and would have been able to make a clean getaway. Instead, Bradshaw was
charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

source: NYTimes

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posted on 28 Jan 2012, 00:29 9

1. Nikonmorous (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Busting criminals; there's an app for that!

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 00:36 2

2. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


the cashier who got her iphone stolen was actually my sisters friend

WATEVA

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 01:40 3

3. jove39 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Good Cop :) and dumb thief ;)

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 04:04 1

4. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


Seriously!! If I were to ever steal an iphone, I would definitely wipe it as soon as possible!

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 05:56

5. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


And if its password protected?

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 10:36 1

10. CapedCrusaderRobin (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)


its still can be wiped ~ by doing a "restore ipod" option on the pc ~ even if its password protected.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 17:49 2

15. AngusNG12345 (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


well, i'm pretty sure he didn't carry his laptop around while robbing an iphone...

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 11:28 1

12. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Bad cop if his enthusiasm was brand loyalty and not out of a sense of duty or justice.

Had it been an Apple competitor's product might he have just said, "Oh, sorry 'bout that. We'll do what we can. You should have bought an Apple you know."
Had it been a private residence maybe the officer would have threatened the man about his citizenship so he could search without a warrant.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:30

14. knowledge (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)


You're just assuming. There's nothing bad about this story. A bad guy stole a phone and got busted.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 00:35 1

18. 303030 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jan 2012)


You are an IDIOT!!! Your probably just as stupid as that savage who stole the phone.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 07:20 7

6. dsDoan (Posts: 223; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Wouldn't it be a better idea not to alert thieves that they can disable this feature?

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 07:45 1

7. T00muchF00D (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


So do all apple cult ppl not care that it's so easy to get tracked? I don't get why they love giving their rights away.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 08:53 2

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


All cellphones can give up your whereabouts, as long as it has a built in GPS module in it. Check it, the E911 cannot be disabled on any GPS cellphone and can be used by Law enforcement for emergencies. Every cellphone with built in GPS technology has this, not just iPhone.

Non removable battery prevent the thief from turning the phone off and password lock doubles as insurance so they can't wipe it. Giving you a chance to get your stuff back. So non removable batteries do have their upsides :).

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 10:38

11. CapedCrusaderRobin (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)


You can still turn off an iphone if its password locked. the non removable battery prevents someone from just popping the battery out yes. And password lock ipods/touch's/iphones can be wiped out if password locked. thats how the data is protected, the iphone wipes out the data.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 09:53 3

9. tedkord (Posts: 5278; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This would be a better story if the cops shot the scumbag dead.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 13:33 2

13. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


The fact that people steal iPhones and iPads in a holdup is sad. You have a chance to get cash money, and you choose to take an iPod.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:03

16. Rane718 (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Oct 2010)


I wonder what would have happened if it were a droid? hmmm?

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:05

17. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


This has got to be paid Apple P.R. With all the recent rash of thefts (or, iThefts) on NYC subways (and, we're talking a couple thousand in 2011 alone), N.Y.P.D. just managed to recover ONE phone out of thousands. Speaks volumes (or lack thereof) for N.Y.P.D. More importantly, with all the other crime stats in all NYC buroughs, i.e., murders, grand larcenies, targets on senior citizens, sexual assaults, etc., it's nice to know one stupid phone takes precedence over everything else.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 00:51 1

19. 303030 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jan 2012)


Your an iIdiot !!!:

"More importantly, with all the other crime stats in all NYC buroughs, i.e., murders, grand larcenies, targets on senior citizens, sexual assaults, etc., it's nice to know one stupid phone takes precedence over everything else". F.Y.I this was a GUN POINT ROBBERY!!!! You go find someone that just robbed someone at gun point! Like i said your an iIdiot.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 08:06

20. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


If you don't have an iphone you don't have find my iphone so you can find your iphone when lost or even stolen. I could see it lol.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 09:37

21. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


We did this before. No cops though we went to the guys house 4 deep banged on the door. They guy gave my friend his phone back without a fight. I love find my Phone

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