Smart Phone App and Police Department Cooperation Nab a Thief on the Run

 On June 16, 2012, a Bellevue woman had been attending a youth Lacrosse match at Juanita High School in Kirkland when her 2004 Lexus was broken into via a shattered rear passenger door window. Taken from inside her vehicle were her purse and its contents.  Among the contents of the purse was the victim’s Apple iPad 2 which she advised the Kirkland Police Department (KPD) was enabled with the ‘Find My iPhone’ application (app) which can be used to locate Apple devices.  The victim provided KPD officers with her iPhone and activated the ‘Find My iPhone’ app. Using this technology, the officers were able to see that the victim’s iPad 2 was traveling south on I-405 and coordinated with Sea-Tac Police as the iPad entered into its jurisdiction. In the course of giving updates to Sea-Tac Police, a vehicle was stopped and the driver arrested when the victim’s iPad was found inside. The suspect was booked into jail on charges of possessing stolen property and has an extensive criminal record of arrests and convictions for similar crimes.

The KPD would like to remind owners of Apple products capable of supporting ‘Find My iPhone’ that this app must be installed and enabled on your device before it can be used to help locate the device in the event it is lost or stolen. To find out if your Apple device is enabled or capable of being enabled with the ‘Find My iPhone’ app, you can visit the following links for more information:

The KPD also advises car owners to always lock their cars and remove all valuables when parking and leaving your car unattended. Areas prone to higher incidents of motor vehicle prowls include parks, recreational areas, youth and school sporting events. For more information please visit the crime prevention section of the Kirkland Police website at www.kirklandwa.gov/police.