iPhones help catch suspected thieves

September 3, 2009 2:56:38 PM PDT
It was an iPhone theft ring foiled by phones that were smarter than the thieves. Police were able to activate the stolen phones GPS system.

They were able to track it right on a computer and see exactly where the phone was, which led them right to the men.

Police say two of the devices were swiped Tuesday from the Apple Store in the Palisades Mall.

They were recovered using some of the fancy technology that makes them so desirable in the first place.

Working with Apple, Clarkstown police used the device serial numbers to activate the built in GPS on the phone, giving them an exact location of the suspects.

By law all cell phones sold today must have tracking capability.

Police tracked the phones to a parking lot in nearby Orangetown. They arrested 22-year old Ian Davis and 25-year-old Marvin Brown, both from Spring Valley.

Neither suspect has a criminal record, but police say the two had been busy of late. In their car, police recovered four additional iPhones allegedly stolen in august from malls in Paramus, New Jersey and Huntington Station, Long Island.

Besides allowing police to activate GPS, the iPhone lets owners to log on and track their lost phone even kill their device remotely.

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