‘Find My iPhone’ foils thieves once again

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You might think that smartphone thieves would be smarter by now.

Not so, according to this account of a robbery early Sunday morning from the Boston Police Department:

While en route to the scene, officers received a description of a male suspect accompanied by a female who had attacked and “pistol whipped” a victim. … Officers were additionally informed that the suspects had stolen a purse and two cellphones. Using the “Track My iPhone” (sic) app from one of the officers’ cellphones, the officers and the victims were able to track one of the stolen phones to the area of Bushnell and Van Winkle Streets, where the phone appeared to be traveling along the path of the MBTA Red Line trolley route toward Mattapan Square.

Officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to Mattapan Square and, as they boarded the trolley entering the station, observed two suspects fitting the broadcast descriptions carrying the victims’ property. Officers performed a pat frisk of the male and recovered a black painted air-soft gun in the suspect’s waistband. Both suspects were positively identified, and officers recovered all of the victims’ stolen property.

The suspects are 17 years old and therefore were not named.

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