Stolen Apple iPhone leads to police chase, gunfire and a locked down school

Stolen Apple iPhone leads to police chase, gunfire and a locked down school
The pursuit of a stolen Apple iPhone Monday morning on the streets of San Francisco subsequently led to a policewoman firing her weapon, the lock-down of a public school and authorities closing in on a smartphone theft ring. The excitement started 6:30 am Pacific Daylight Time when two armed crooks stole an Apple iPhone from a pedestrian. Using the "Find my iPhone" feature from iCloud, the cops tracked the purloined phone and came across a pair of suspicious people. Once the pair saw the police approaching, they took off with one of the two trying to climb a fence into St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Smartrphone thieves target the Apple iPhone

Smartrphone thieves target the Apple iPhone

The church is located near an elementary school which went through a lock down just as students were arriving for the school day. The suspect who tried to climb the fence turned to face an officer with a hand concealed. This led to one of the officers discharging her weapon. The shot missed. Still, the cops were able to arrest one of the suspects and tracked the other using the GPS on the stolen iPhone.

The stolen iPhone led the cops to a car three miles away. Inside the car the cops found a third suspect while a fourth suspect was found hiding in the trunk surrounded by a number of stolen smartphones. Going through the automobile's registration, the cops found a nearby address where two more suspects were detained.

San Francisco has become a hotbed for Apple iPhone thefts and many of the crimes occured at gunpoint. New York City has also seen a sharp rise in robberies featuring the Apple iPhone. And while the tracking system on the iCloud can be easily deactivated by criminals, many are just unaware of the feature which can lead to their capture. In fact, nearly three years ago to the day, a trio of Apple iPhone bandits were caught using the application.

source: SFGate via AppleInsider

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31 Comments

2. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Aaaand iPhone saves the day again after f**king it up. Seriously, the main point is nobody died.

13. MeoCao unregistered

Thank God for that, b-c had some1 died there would have been bigger article : "People died for their iPhone" So whatever happens, there's an iPhone.

30. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

The new iphone "it might be the death of you!"

3. wendygarett unregistered

huh? My iphone has shattered. Do you like to have one? :)

5. MeoCao unregistered

Aha, if this were an Android phone there would have been no "chase, gunfire and a locked down school". LOL

6. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

The apple fan boy comments and android ones to are just getting plain annoying and make me never want to read the comments on an article on this website again

10. luxzy801

Posts: 140; Member since: Jun 16, 2010

Its not only this site and its not only Apple and Android. Fanboyism has been going on for over a decade. First it was Nokia and Palm, then Nokia, Palm and Handspring, then it was Nokia, Palm and WinMo, then it was Palm, WinMo, Nokia and Blackberry, then it was Palm, WinMo, Nokia, Blackberry and Apple, then it was WinMo, Nokia, Blackberry and Apple, then it was WinMo, Nokia, Blackberry, Apple, Android and WebOS, then it was Nokia, Blackberry, Apple, Android, then it was Nokia, Blackberry, Apple, Android and WP and now its Apple, Android and WP (you still might see some BB and Nokia fanboys pop up once in a while). As you can tell, its been a decade + full of fanboys, dont plan on seeing anything different on this or any other site.

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yes. Same with almost any industry, there are people who have favorites for whatever reason. Cars, computers, TVs, even appliances and places to shop

25. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I bet you're gonna comment again within the week.

9. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Boy, that escalated quickly

12. luxzy801

Posts: 140; Member since: Jun 16, 2010

This just shows you how badly people need money to be stealing iPhones, but then again, people do pay good money for the most current iPhone. If it was me, i would at least wait until the IP5 came out before jacking anything, in a month, the value of the IP4 is going to drop drastically.

23. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Here we have an example of a thief who knows what hes doing, lol

15. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Goodluck to the owner these thieves were idiots and deserved to be cought, they don't even know how to reset a phone and throw out the sim.

19. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Ok I posted the above comment in a hurry, my point was most phone tracker works on sim no tracking so any one can throw your sim card. The system will be more robust if we can track the phone by imei no also.

20. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

The carriers (and the Police) can detect a phone by its IMEI as long as it is connected to their network (no matter which SIM is in) and then locate it... :)

24. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Yes they can, I was asking that can we track the phone using imei because most of the time police and carriers in India are not helpful in cases of phone theft.

29. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Limited resources and budget + lots of people That said, maybe apple should create its own gestapo for stolen phones... They've done it for "missing" prototypes, so....

22. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Gotta say this find my phone feature is quite usefull, my lumia has it and gives you some sense of protection against theft. Most pickpockets arent avare of what they are stealing so there is a good chance for them to be hit by hammer of thor for stealing :D

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