“The theft of Apple devices is so rampant in New York that a team of cops has been assigned to work with the tech giant to get the stolen gadgets back, The Post has learned,” Jamie Schram and Chuck Bennett report for The New York Post.

“Every time an Apple device is stolen, detectives attempt to get tracking numbers from the victim or online record,” Schram and Bennett report. “That number, known as the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, is then shared with the officers in Police Headquarters who pass it on to Apple.”

Schram and Bennett report, “The California-based company then informs the NYPD of the device’s current location — and it can track it even if it was reregistered with a different wireless provider. ‘We’re looking for ways to find individuals who have stolen Apple products and return the products to their original owners,’ said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. ‘It is being done to learn the pattern who is stealing.’ Cops also hope the partnership helps catch the crooks who are taking and reselling the devices.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]