Mugging victim uses Apple’s ‘Find My iPhone’ to track robbers

MobileMe - Apple Store (U.S.)“Using a computer to tap into the GPS function of his cell phone, a man directed police to the location of the men he said robbed him early yesterday in Shadyside,” Kaitlynn Riely reports for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The victim, who was not identified by police, said two men approached him at about 1 a.m. near the intersection of Amberson Avenue and Amberson Place. He told police the men demanded his wallet and asked for his PIN number for his credit cards; one of the men also showed what appeared to be a handgun,” Riely reports.

“The man told police he turned over his wallet, his PIN number and his iPhone before running away toward Ellsworth Avenue,” Riely reports. “Officers arrived while he was contacting his bank to cancel his cards.”

Riely reports, “The man later used his computer [via Apple’s MobileMe’s “Find My iPhone” fetaure] to track the location of his iPhone to a Wal-Mart in North Versailles, where police said the suspects purchased items with his stolen credit card before moving on to an Eat’n Park restaurant on Route 30.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It figures that the idiots went straight to Wal-Mart with their stolen credit card. They probably tried to buy… sorry, we’re trying not to laugh too hard… the “best television in the place” before hitting what certainly sounds like a Michelin 3-star establishment if we’ve ever heard one. Bwahahaha!


  1. You know, before you guys exercise your supercilious ‘tude you might want to make use of those wonderful skills you acquired from the educational establishment. Shadyside is actually a fairly tony neighborhood in Pittsburgh – where, I’m sure, Macs & iPhones are very popular. You’re embarrassing yourselves.

  2. I would have just made up some 4 digit PIN it’s not like they will come back to beat me for giving them a PIN that does not work. Plus they would not have been able to use my card with a pic on it.

  3. Let this be a lesson to everyone! If you get robbed (and have MobileMe) make sure they take your iPhone as well – it’s like putting a tracker in the loot.

    Of course, once they start hearing stories like this from their convicted buddies, it won’t be as successful, but there’s probably still a year or two to take advantage of it.

    On a side note, now that we can track our own stolen goods, maybe we’ll see an increase in baseball bat justice.

    MDN Magic Word – GETTING even.

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