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. I’m a long-time Apple supporter, but I am tired of the the elitist attitude of some of the MDN takes. These criminals left themselves open to ridicule, and most of the pundits and analysts appear to thrive on it (any attention is better than no attention?). But please refrain from denigrating a socioeconomic group to try to make a point. Besides being unfair, it is also detrimental to Apple and to the Mac community, as a whole. I welcome any person of good character who has a desire to become a Mac user.

  2. @KingMel:

    I generally share your sentiments, but in fairness I wouldn’t read anything more into MDN’s take than finding some Apple-related humor in another episode of stupid criminal tricks. I’m sure the reaction would’ve been the same if the mug shots were of white thugs. And I would hope that MDN, at least, knows that Pittsburgh, being home to Carnegie Mellon, isn’t a hillbilly town. (They might even know that Pgh. is nationally known as a bio-tech center, and that employment in higher education is greater than in basic industry.)

  3. Jeez MDN, bust on the robbers all you want, but lay off the Eat-n-Park. Whenever we travel across PA, we will always stop and grab a box of Smiley Cookies. Instead of being such a bunch of sour pusses, maybe you need a Smiley Cookie. Go ahead. Have a cookie.

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