iPhone's GPS Tracker Helps Officers Find Suspect

Occurred on 6/25/12, 01:05 am  Burglary of a Vehicle  3105 Topeka Street

The victim reported to Officers he was unloading groceries when his iPhone was stolen from his red Jeep Liberty.  The victim took his groceries inside and returned to lock his vehicle when he discovered the auto burglary.  The victim ran to his front driveway and observed a White male trying to ride off on his $1,200 mountain bike.

The suspect fell off the victim's bike, but managed to run off.  The victim was able to track his iPhone via his wife's phone.  Officers went looking for the suspect armed with the GPS tracking device on the borrowed phone and a description of the suspect.

Officers were able to track the phone to the 600 block of Hoffman where they found the suspect casing other vehicles in the neighborhood.  The suspect jumped over a fence and tried to hide in the alley.  Officers continued to use the tracking device and found him underneath some bushes.

Vincent George Williams, 34, was placed in police custody.  Upon checking the iPhone tracker, it told the Officer he was next to the stolen iPhone.  Williams was arrested and found to be possession of the iPhone, a CD player, a flashlight, and a shoulder bag with makeup and loose change.

The iPhones and mountain bike were returned to the victim, but Officers were not able to locate the owner of the stolen shoulder bag.

Williams was booked at the City Detention Center and charged with Burglary of a Vehicle and Theft.


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