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Phone's GPS leads police to alleged thief

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:00 a.m. HST, Mar 20, 2013

Police, using a cell phone’s GPS tracking feature, were able to nab an alleged thief.

The cell phone was taken from a car on Kaneohe Bay Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., police said.

After the victim activated the phone’s GPS tracking feature, police traced it to a parked vehicle and arrested a 19-year-old woman on suspicion of theft.

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cojef wrote:
More PR needed to warn thieves about the GPS capabilities to track you down to discourage stealing cell phones.
on March 20,2013 | 08:10AM
bowwow wrote:
why, let em get caught and convicted and thrown in jail where they belong
on March 20,2013 | 08:27AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Actually, I would rather not educate the thieves on this function of the cell phone. Putting such a thief behind bars for the theft of a cell phone would prevent this thief from committing other crimes on innocent people. Unfortunately, these thieves often get off with a slap of the wrist and only receive probation for this kind of "petty" theft. Hawaii needs to get tough on thieves. Removing them from the streets can only result in saving other innocent people from the pain of being the victim of such crimes as identity theft. Instead we lock up people whose only crime is smoking a "joint". These are the ones who will be better citizens as they will probably work at a job and pay taxes rather than these thieves who would rather steal than work.
on March 20,2013 | 10:03AM
pridon wrote:
We need a Joe Arpao type incarceration facility for these jokers. Build it in the middle of a lava filed on Big Island. Tents are cheap. Feed them with MRE rations.
on March 20,2013 | 10:13AM
pizza wrote:
Lock people up for smoking a joint? In prison? Or long term jail? Not likely.... Your posting is a massive appeal to ignorance...
on March 20,2013 | 12:48PM
foursun wrote:
Yikes! Scary!
on March 20,2013 | 08:42AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
For those who have non-Apple phones, there are other options to protect your phone. Prey is one option as it can locate your phone. When you suspect your phone of being stolen you simply log into your Prey account and turn on the locator and it will find it for you. All you have to do then is to present the information to the police. You will have made the police's work easier as it can locate the phone to a home or vehicle. It is possible that such a program was used for the case in the article. Prey is a free app that can be downloaded to your phone.
on March 20,2013 | 10:08AM
Sunny wrote:
These thieves will be out on the street committing more crimes in no time, perhaps a little smarter.
on March 20,2013 | 11:52AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
East side antics
on March 20,2013 | 01:07PM
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