Apple’s Find My iPhone helps recover 5-year-old in stolen SUV

By , Sep 12, 2013

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Here’s a use for the iPhone Apple may not have considered: do-it-yourself lojack. Thanks to the company’s Find My iPhone app for iOS devices, Houston, Texas police Monday night recovered a five-year-old boy. Police say the father used his iPad to track the Apple smartphone that was in a stolen SUV which held the child. According to ABC 13, Houston police then used the information to track the family vehicle, stolen while the father went into a Houston liquor store Monday…

“The father had an iPad that he’d taken in with him and utilized that iPad with the iPhone that was in the car and was able to track it,” Lt. Wayne Schultz of the Harris County Constable’s Office told KTRK in Houston.

The child was recovered in good condition, along with the SUV.

There have been a number of inventive uses for Apple’s Find My iPhone software, ranging from an eight-year-old who tracked his stolen Christmas iPad (netting a $350,000 burglary ring) to a man who posed as a woman to regain his stolen iPhone.

Although the iPhone is a top target for thieves, the Internet giant Google has developed its own version of Find My iPhone for smartphones powered by its Android mobile software.

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  • chumawumba

    I think the real question is why a dad would go to a liquor store with his 5 year old

    • Dan

      well it is Texas afterall…

  • Jonathan

    Why would he even leave his child in the car? I’m guessing the key was in there and running…

  • rnorthboy

    i live in Houston. no way in hell i would leave my child in a car when in going into anywhere. he needs to be charged too. his whole family should take turns kicking him in the ass.

  • Chuck Finley

    I don’t understand this, why would you ever leave your car unlocked, even if you were going into a shop for just five minutes?

    I always lock my car as soon as I leave it.

  • bw00ds

    The real story here is not about the technology, it is about the irresponsible father, who is an idiot.

    • ULTIMATEXFIGHTER

      I agree with you on that. Glad you pointed that out

  • harry bimasakti

    Everybody made mistake

  • harry bimasakti

    Owh come on, everybody made mistakes….

    • bw00ds

      Yes, but this is an egregious mistake that should never have happened. Please stop to think: father, 5 yr old, dad leaves keys in ignition, runs in for booze. He’s an idiot and should be arrested for child endangerment.