iPhone stolen and tracked...

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  1. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

    My iPhone was stolen from my table at the Strada Cafe as I went to pickup my order. Had my iPad in the car so I tracked it with Find My iPhone App and two Berkeley Police Officers. We followed the signal icon and took about twenty minutes and ten signals to my iPhone. Saw the thief take it out of his pocket to silence it and I told the cops, "that's my iPhone!" They took the iPhone and handed it to me then handcuffed the thief!!!!
     
  2. bb25 macrumors newbie

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    That's awesome! Find My iPhone is one of the best apps made for the iPhone, security wise.
     
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    Now the thief will discover what's in the pockets of his cellmates.
     
  5. moldy lunchbox macrumors 6502a

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    Moral of the story? Don't leave your iPhone sitting around in public...
     
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  7. SFStateStudent thread starter macrumors 604

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    Had my MacBook Pro bolted down to the table and my iPhone on the other side of the MBP, and it was plugged into the MBP, so the guy definitely had to reach across my table to get to it. You should have seen the look on his face when the cops asked him "do you happen to have an iPhone that doesn't belong to you?" His jaw hit the ground and he started to stutter and shake. He stopped shaking when the HANDCUFFS went on his wrists. :cool::cool::cool:
     
  8. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

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    Or make sure after you steal an iPhone turn it off! :D
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nice, that's the reason I have it installed on my iphone and dont even use a passcode lock any more.
    If its locked the thief wont be able to do anything with it and will probably turn it off and go home and restore it.
    If he can get in and play around with apps, youtube, browse the net and other stuff then I can track it and get it back.
    I dont know, just my way of thought I guess cause most criminals are not that bright.
     
  10. Alvi macrumors 65816

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    I hope that iOS5 asks for an unlock code before turning off, that's a major flaw in the whole Find my iPhone concept
     
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    Ahhh that would be excellent.
     
  14. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    Also the only flaw in my book, it's my one fear that my particular thief will be smart.
     
  15. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

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    I hate people that steal, and luckily so does Apple. Props to them for making such an amazing, and yet very simple, app
     
  16. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

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    Please follow up

    We'd like to know the final outcome. The guy will probably say he "absent mindedly picked it up" and get off.
     
  17. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Its good he didn't know to turn the location service off or you would have been in a complete mess !

    I dont leave mine anywhere out of my sight.

    I really should start using the 4 digit passcode !

    Such a steal able item.
     
  18. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    Wouldn't a hard reset/pulling the sim out defeat that too?
     
  19. mikelegacy macrumors 65816

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    That's definitely the best way to go about it. I also delete the "Find my iPhone" app so that they don't come across it while perusing about.

    It's pointless to lock your phone when you can track it via GPS. Besides, unless you are some government official, you shouldn't have data that is THAT sensitive on your phone that is accessible without another login. AKA, don't set your bank apps to auto-login.
     
  20. tahoeroscoe macrumors regular

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    very cool story, lucky you live in a place where cops are actually willing/able to help.
     
  21. Maschil macrumors 6502a

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    very happy to hear this... encouraging story happy for you...
     
  22. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

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    Please follow up with this and appear for the court case. Many don't release that the arrest is the beginning of the process for justice to happen.
     
  23. Apollo 13 macrumors 6502a

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    Some one stole my iphone from my house a few weeks ago. Tracked it to a certain area until i couldn't get a connection anymore. Found out ******* went into my email and saw that he was getting tracked so he shut phone off. Anyways i got my phone back because someone told me who took it and they returned the phone for me. Will be looking for another app that tracks and don't send email. *
     
  24. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I thought the moral of story was to buy a 3G iPad.
    ;):p


    Anyways, this is probably one of my most favorite FindmyiPhone stories.


    And wouldn't putting it in airplane mode defeat that as well?
     
  25. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    I thought you only got an e mail when you have sent a message to the fone or locked/wiped it.

    Tracking the iphone on the map in my case does not result in an e mail saying something like we are tracking your iphone 4 !

    :confused::confused::confused:
     

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