iPhone Feature Catches Thieves

Stolen phone recovered thanks to new software
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2009 8:22 AM CDT
An Apple iPhone is seen in this 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Apple addicts were excited by the new Find My iPhone feature, and that excitement paid off for one Colorado teen, who used it help catch a thief, Mashable reports. Dustin Simantob, 15, pinpointed his phone, stolen after his father’s car was broken into during a camping trip; police recovered two iPhones, Simantob’s wallet, and a GPS device—as well as property from another car.

“Apparently the family had done a few things like this before and the local police had been trying to catch and arrest them but could never get proof that they had been the culprits,” Simantob writes. “Now they had proof. So thanks to MobileMe we will all be getting our belongings back and a family of criminals will be put in jail.” (Read more iPhone stories.)