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Police track down cell phone thief via GPS

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:55 a.m. HST, Sep 11, 2012

Honolulu police recovered a cell phone and arrested a suspect who allegedly stole a cell phone left under a towel while a 29-year-old man took a shower at the Kakaako shoreline recreation area Sunday.

Police said the man discovered the phone missing at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and used his GPS tracking system on his iPad to locate the phone.

Patrol officers were able to find a 43-year-old man with the victim's cell phone at about 12:25 p.m., police said. Officers arrested the suspect for investigation of detaining stolen property and second-degree theft.

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Tony91 wrote:
Never understood why thieves take Mobile phones today as nearly all smartphones have built in GPS.
on September 10,2012 | 07:29AM
808warriorfan wrote:
The phone is smart.....The thief is "LO-LO"
on September 10,2012 | 11:38AM
soundofreason wrote:
on September 10,2012 | 07:30AM
808Cindy wrote:
I hope his punishment is severe! Stealing is a crime against all of us!
on September 10,2012 | 08:11AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
You're talking about our judicial system. Soft like mochi!
on September 10,2012 | 09:07AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
He'll probably get a slap on the wrist for taking the phone, that if the case makes it that far thru the criminal justice system.
on September 10,2012 | 09:14AM
cojef wrote:
Yah gotta love this kind news flash. Way to go. Effective devices for safeguarding one's possessions. That's a lot of esses in the last word of the sentence.
on September 10,2012 | 09:24AM
entrkn wrote:
... so are they going to tell him he better not do that again and let him go?
on September 10,2012 | 12:35PM
Shh wrote:
What a BOZO!! Almost everything electronic today has some kind of tracking device in it. Buy your own phone!
on September 10,2012 | 02:16PM
peanutgallery wrote:
So the real story is that HPD didn't find the phone, the owner did.
on September 11,2012 | 05:05AM
iwanaknow wrote:
No, the real story is that the owner didn't just rely on HPD.
on September 11,2012 | 09:29AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
That thief will probably just get a slap on the wrist. Maybe probation. Probably not even jail time. And he will probably find another unsuspecting victim who will not have a GPS to locate his valuables. I say we should put these thieves behind bars so that they cannot victimize another person. Further, we should have these thieves on a registry. That way we can monitor them should we have valuables that we cannot secure inside the garage. It seems like we do have a registry but it is to further punish sex offenders. I would like to see one for the purpose of watching these thieves and burglars.
on September 11,2012 | 01:44PM
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