Stolen Apple Watch helps victim track suspects to California Walmart

“Stealing an Apple Watch can have GPS-tracking implications, as a pair of Northern California burglary suspects learned Thursday, according to police,” Jared Gilmour reports for The Sacramento Bee. “A 25-year-old woman left her Redding home unlocked in the morning while she took her child to school because her husband was still home, police said in a news release. But when the woman returned home around 8 a.m., she spotted a ‘suspicious’ vehicle across the street — as well as a man wearing a mask, according to police. The woman used her garage to walk into her house and saw that the front door was open, so she yelled to wake up her husband and soon realized that belongings were missing, ‘leading her to believe the residence had just been burglarized,’ police said. Among the possessions that had disappeared: an Apple Watch.”

“Because the watch had GPS capabilities, the woman checked to see where it was and discovered the stolen device was quickly heading north [toward a local Walmart], away from her house in East Redding, police said,” Gilmour reports. “The [responding] officer gave the woman a lift to the Walmart to see if they could identify the car she’d seen outside her home around the time of the reported burglary, and the woman ‘immediately saw the suspect vehicle parked in the parking lot,’ police said.”

Police said a woman in Redding, California, used a stolen Apple Watch’s GPS to track down two burglary suspects, 43-year-old Mike Leyva, left, and 40-year-old Marlin Pierson, right. (via: Redding Police Department)
Police said a woman in Redding, California, used a stolen Apple Watch’s GPS to track down two burglary suspects, 43-year-old Mike Leyva, left, and 40-year-old Marlin Pierson, right. (via: Redding Police Department)

 
“Police detained the two men as they left the 1996 Toyota 4Runner the woman had pointed out, according to the news release,” Gilmour reports. “As an officer interviewed the two men, he spotted the Apple Watch in one of their back pockets, police said. During the rest of that interview, the men, Mike Leyva, 43, and Marlin Pierson, 40, both of Redding, were caught in ‘enough lies that Leyva and Pierson ultimately admitted to their parts in the theft,’ according to the news release.”

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