Unlucky Thief Steals iPhone With Live GPS-Tracking App Running

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Jordan Sturm was probably stunned when her iPhone was suddenly snatched away by a bike-riding thief. I know I was when the exact same thing happened to me—except unlike Jordan, I wasn't testing a live GPS-tracking app.


Apparently Jordan was in the middle of testing out a product called Alert & Respond—which is explained as being an app that allows for live GPS-tracking of an iPhone—when an unlucky thief decided to make her his victim. It didn't take the woman long to recover and call her company who proceeded to guide police officers to the thief's exact location. The fellow was arrested about ten minutes after his unlucky decision and booked for suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property.

I can't even imagine how satisfying it was for Jordan to watch that arrest and get the iPhone back—mostly because the chubby bike-rider who took mine was never caught. [SF Gate]

The photo above was taken by richardmasoner and is not of the thief in question but rather simply used for illustrative purposes.



One of my colleagues had his iPhone 4 stolen from his locker at the Gym. He called up AT&T and supplied the rep with a IMEI. The tech said there is nothing they could do about it. He then called his local AT&T store and the guy over the phone said someone tried to activated it 30 minutes ago. He even provided the name on the account which is a violation of privacy and the tech should've never given out a name. So my coworker googles his name and find his facebook page. He was able to get his home phone number from his facebook page. He called the number and spoke to the thief's mother. He told her that her son had stolen his iPhone and he wants it back now and it would be in their best interest to show up at the local AT&T store. She did and he was able to get his iPhone back.

What's crazy is that AT&T's policy to do nothing about it. It makes sense, as a stolen phone is a new revenue source for AT&T. I can't believe it took a screw up to get his phone back.