How ironic. In the midst of Jordan Sturm’s demo of Apple’s GPS-based app, “Find My iPhone,” a bike riding thief grabbed the new iPhone and rode off, thinking he was now the proud owner of the much sought after device. Unfortunately for the thief, 31-year-old Horatio Toure, the app installed on this iPhone was designed to use the phone’s GPS tracker capabilities to provide real-time location updates so police officers and its owner can track the phone’s whereabouts in real-time.
“Find My iPhone” is an app that tunes into the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to provide the user with a real-time update of the phone’s whereabouts. For users who have this application, all it takes is logging into me.com to find the phone’s approximate location. The other cool thing about this application is the “send message” feature that lets you display a custom message on the phone’s screen or play a continuous alert to convince the thief to drop the phone.
The thief clearly had no idea that this iPhone user had the app, let alone was in the middle of demoing the app. David Kahn, CEO of Covia Labs, and the person who commissioned the demonstration stated,
What are the odds that you would grab someone’s cell phone during a demonstration of the ability to track the phone’s location in real-time? That’s what this unfortunate thief did.
Kahn and Sturm were able to relay the phone’s location information to the police who promptly found the peddling thief and took him into custody. GPS justice is served once again.