How 'Find My Phone' Helped a Man Retrieve His Stolen Car on Christmas Day

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A stolen car. The iPhone's "Find My Phone" feature and a high-tech, high-speed chase. A daring escape from the police. A Sonic fast food restaurant. This story has it all! And it all went down on Christmas Day.


Here's the story a reader told to 9to5Mac:

Pretty amazing Christmas Story! Early this morning my 2005 Land Rover was stolen from the Marriott in Wichita Falls TX. The local police put me on hold, transferred me around and did nothing. My iPhone was in the car in between the seats and turned on. I tracked it using MobileMe Find My Phone to HWY 287 on the way to Decatur. When they exited the highway and headed on a Farm road for Justin TX a few miles away, I contacted the Justin Police and with the help of a very savvy operator we pinpointed the car at a Sonic. While I was on the phone with her, she said the officer sees your car and is going to make the arrest. A few minutes later she frantically calls me to start tracking the car again. The officer had handcuffed the suspects, sat one down on the curb while putting the other in the back seat. When he got back, the guy had Houdini'd the cuffs from behind his back to the front, fought with the officer and jumped in my car, dragged him and ran over him. I followed the car on the iPhone and directed the Highway Patrol to where he was – high speed chase ending with him flipping the Land Rover several times. The policeman is going to be fine – he is at the hospital with multiple bruises etc. The screenshot is where the car thieves ran over the policeman and escaped. I am just so thankful the policeman was not seriously hurt – I could care less about the car or the crook.

The police officer is now reportedly in stable condition. Good tidings and justice for all! [9to5Mac]



Interesting side note: dig into the links and there is a newspaper account of the incident. Except they stated it was OnStar tracking the car. When it was pointed out the OnStar had nothing to do with it, the newspaper said, "Due to contractual reasons, OnStar is the only tracking service able to be named in our newspaper."

The report was edited and comments expunged.