A quick-thinking cop used his knowledge of Apple products to lead him to an iPhone thief within 30 minutes of the device being stolen.
The New York cop, Officer Robert Garland, spoke to the New York Times about the incident, which took place in Manhattan on Thursday.
Garland said the episode began when a woman working at a Tuci Italia store on the Avenue of the Americas was robbed of her iPhone at gunpoint as she was using the device to watch YouTube videos during a break.
Officer Garland arrived at the scene of the crime with his colleague, Sgt. Richard Coan, to find an upset and shaken victim.
Once Garland understood it was an iPhone that had been stolen, he realized that there was a fair chance he could locate it. You see, being a fan of Apple products and himself owning an iPhone, iPad and various Mac computers, Officer Garland knew a thing or two about all things i and was therefore familiar with the popular Find My iPhone app, a piece of software that does exactly what it says on the tin.
Without missing a beat, he entered the victim’s Apple ID into his own iPhone and using the app, pinpointed the location of her phone on a map.
Wasting no time, Garland and his colleague followed the information on their map in the hope that they’d be able to make a quick arrest.
After a short time they were confident they could see the robber, outside a Food Emporium store on Eighth Avenue and 49th Street. To confirm it was the right man, Garland pressed the ‘Play Sound’ button on the app, which immediately caused a pinging sound to emanate from the stolen phone.
The cops moved in and sure enough they found the victim’s phone stuffed down one of the man’s socks. And the woman’s reaction to Garland’s recovery? “She was ecstatic,” he told the New York Times.
Of course, the free Find My iPhone app will also come in useful when you misplace your phone, so be sure to download and enable the app on your iOS device. Then if you lose your phone, all you need to do is sign in to icloud.com through any Internet-enabled computer or simply use the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to see its location on a map. You also have the ability to display a message on the phone in case someone finds it, or clear the device of all its data if you’re worried about security.