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

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.

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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21 Comments

1. Nikonmorous

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Busting criminals; there's an app for that!

2. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

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

3. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Good Cop :) and dumb thief ;)

4. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

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

5. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

And if its password protected?

10. CapedCrusaderRobin

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 19, 2010

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

15. AngusNG12345

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

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

12. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

14. knowledge

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

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

18. 303030

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 29, 2012

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

6. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

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

7. T00muchF00D

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 27, 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.

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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 :).

11. CapedCrusaderRobin

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

13. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

16. Rane718

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 05, 2010

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

17. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

19. 303030

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 29, 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.

20. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

21. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 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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