This isn’t the first time that Apple’s Find my iPhone service has helped to recover a lost device, but with Christmas involved in this particular story (as well as a resoundingly happy ending) we thought we would share it.

At around 3:30am on Christmas morning, a Westlake Village man was awoken by the noise of a burglar stealing Christmas gifts from his house. Amongst them was an iPad, which had, thankfully, already been activated and set up with an Apple ID. After a short foot chase the thief got away, but not for long.

The next morning, the owner of the iPad set about tracking the device and discovered that it was only a few doors away…

The police then arrested a 20-year old man at the location, while retrieving the iPad as well as the other missing gifts.

Also discovered at the address was a collection of other items that had apparently been taken from another house days earlier. Items including a notebook and two televisions were recovered and returned to their rightful owners.

The thief is now in custody with a $50,000 bail placed on his head.

A true Christmas miracle!


  • Kok Hean

    Which idiot would break into his or her neighbors’ houses on Christmas to steal presents?

  • and he was Jeffff, from iDownload blog.. 🙂

  • Mohamad Azzad Nordin

    i almost fell off my chair reading comment from Rodrigo Jara 🙂

  • Well it has been awhile since jeff put a post on here…!!!!

    Only joking jeff…

  • Anonymous

    this is great and proves how effective a service can be when it becomes free. i wonder how many devices have been lost by folk who were discouraged by the previous MobileMe charge for this.

  • Haha Jeff did it 😛

  • Anonymous

    One of the little things

  • Spencer Averett

    Its such a dumb idea to steal electronics these days 😛
    he got what he deserved.

  • Daniel

    This is NOT a Christmas miracle! This is an example of Apple ingenuity and a rare glimpse of human intelligence!

  • Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

    Not for him it isn’t

  • he’s so dumb!! lolz