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Tracking stolen iPad leads to residential-burglary arrest

Original post made on Sep 23, 2013

Palo Alto police using a mobile app to track a stolen iPad have arrested a San Jose man and recovered stolen property and narcotics, police stated.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 23, 2013, 9:55 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

It bothers me that you let people know about the app and the methods the cops use to find the stolen iPads. The first thing that the thieving scum will do is disable that app. Presumably there's a few out there who don't know about the app, why tell them about it?

Posted by Frankie, a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

You need to know the person's Apple ID password in order to disable the app.

Posted by profyle, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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Posted by Good job, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Thank you cops.

Posted by svsportz, a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm

and thank you Apple team!

Posted by mutti, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Sep 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

All the 8th graders in Ravenswood district are getting used MacBooks from Facebook. The day they get them they are being walked thru installing a tracing program, and it will all be well-publicized! The program is hard to disable, and when you know the laptop is stolen you can 'lock' it remotely so the thief ends up with a 'brick.' Gotta love the technology!

Posted by Hulkamania, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Enough! sez, "It bothers me that you let people know about the app and the methods the cops use to find the stolen iPads."

Not anymore Man! Upgrade to iOS 7 and the iPods/Phones/Pads become password protected. The thieves can't wipe the device anymore either.

Thanks Apple!!

Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Nayeli is a registered user.

One less thug and perpetual criminal off of the street is a victory for all of us. However, I just wish that there was a way to force criminals to pay for their own incarceration. Is there any way to ease the burden that such thugs have become to taxpayers?

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