One stolen iPad nets 800-pound stash of drugs worth $35 million

“So, you’re sitting on a nearly 800-pound stash of drugs and you’ve got nothing to do,” Ronald O. Carlson reports for Tech.Blorge. “Sounds like a great time to steal an iPad and fill all of those empty hours with a little Apple flavored fun, right? Apparently, that’s exactly what one group of criminals did and the police tracked them down using Apple’s much loved and lauded ‘Find My iPad’ feature.”

“Meth amphetamine, about 780 pounds of the stuff, were discovered in a Palo Alto, California apartment by police tracking a stolen iPad,” Carlson reports. “Quite naturally, the cops were using the Apple tablet’s built-in ‘Find My iPad’ feature, which leverages the device’s integrated GPS and displays its location on a user’s iCloud account page.

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MacDailyNews Take: I hate this “crime doesn’t pay” stuff. Crime in the United States is perhaps one of the biggest businesses in the world today. – Peter Kirk

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


    1. If criminals don’t know this “FindMy” feature, are we to assume they are Android users primarily? There is a pattern here but not sure how tight the association is.

    2. No, they should talk it up even more. The vast majority of street thieves/robbers are too dumb to figure out how to disable it, so they will learn to avoid Apple products and steal Android phones & tablets instead.

    1. Darwin Award winners must either die or be rendered sterile BEFORE they have kids. So this guy was not a winner.

      The intent of the Award is to remove stupid genes from the gene pool. If you’ve had a kid, in all likelihood the genes have been passed on.

  1. Find my iPad feature worked for me when I lost my iPad, back when it was part of MobileMe. Helped my locate a few iPhones, too. It’s probably one of the first things I bring up when people ask me what’s better about an iPhone over Android.

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