Thief Swipes Phone... During a GPS-Tracking Demo

Really, what are the odds?
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2010 2:25 PM CDT
A thief nabbed an iPhone... just as it was being tested with GPS tracking technology. Cops in turn nabbed the thief.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Newser) – A thief biking down the street plucks an iPhone out of a girl's hands and takes off. It's his lucky day, right? The girl is an intern on an errand for her boss—who also happens to own the phone. She's screwed, right? Except if her boss is an exec giving a demonstration to potential clients—of his real-time GPS tracking technology, using that same phone.

"We kind of noticed while that was happening, boy, she was really starting to move pretty fast and she wasn't heading back toward the place," the boss tells the San Jose Mercury News. "Moments later she comes bursting into the office and said she'd just been mugged." Cops were called, thief was tracked and nabbed, phone returned, and clients wowed. (Read more stupidity stories.)

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