The “Find My” App in an iPad Helped Police Track Down Two Burglars
Apple includes the "Find My" app on all of its devices to allow users to find their devices and also help locate friends and family members. However, the feature turned out to be pretty useful to law enforcement in Melbourne, Australia after it helped them track down two wanted men during a car chase last month.
Police track iPad to nab suspects
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, law enforcement was tracking the two suspects fleeing in a stolen vehicle by air in a helicopter after an iPad was stolen earlier from a home.
Vaatoa Chang, 29, was behind the wheel and passenger Jonas Montealegre, 36, was seated next to him as they attempted to evade police by switching cars. What they didn't realise, however, is that the iPad they had just stolen had its location services turned on and officers were tracking them using the iPad's location.
The police found that the Triton had been dumped by the men in the hotel, but the iPad continued to ping their location. The men switched to a Toyota Kluger and headed towards the north. Then the police tried to intercept the Kluger and failed. Finally, a spike strip laid down by the authorities deflated the passenger-side tyres of the Kluger. The officers in the air-wing reported that the duo then attempted to carjack two cars. Subsequently, a second pursuit was authorised that lasted only for 41 seconds.
As the second pursuit started, the duo ran through a red light and crashed onto a freight truck at a speed of 100km/h. The crash also affected an Audi that was nearby. The truck driver and the Audi driver escaped with minor injuries. However, the devastating crash killed both the men inside the Kluger.