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Stupid Crime Stories: Criminal Steals iPhone Being Tested for GPS Tracking



Crime doesn’t pay we’re told. It certainly doesn’t if you’re unlucky enough to steal an iPhone that is being tested at that moment for a real-time GPS tracking system. That’s what happened to Horatio Toure. On his bicycle he grabbed an iPhone out of an unsuspecting woman’s hands and took off. But that particular iPhone was in the process of being tested with a real-time GPS tracking system. The woman reported the incident and the folks doing the tracking called police. Mr. Toure was apprehended 10 minutes later after his location was told to the police. The team doing the tracking said they could have turned on the microphone or the camera but didn’t want to alert the robber.

The system being tested is called Alert & Respond and it is geared towards the military and police to track poeple and resources.

Via SFGate



  1. GTaylor

    07/22/2010 at 7:16 am

    Blast it! I couldn’t even get the local PD to follow the tracks of the snowmobile that sideswiped my house two blocks and talk to the owner. I guess that electrons and digital trails are clearer.

  2. Xavier Lanier

    07/22/2010 at 10:23 am

    This happened about a block from my wife’s old workplace. Due to the amount of geeks/companies someone testing such a service hardly surprises me. Unfortunately, the crime isn’t all that surprising either.

  3. gm

    07/22/2010 at 11:39 am

    Wath a great history for a product launch. Looks a bit PR faked to me.

  4. GPS tracker

    11/03/2010 at 3:45 am

    Bad luck for him, lol.

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