iPad leads cops to stolen car
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – Grand Theft Auto from the Park Meadows Mall brings no less than five police agencies together, as they tracked a suspect all over the metro area before recovering an Aurora woman’s car. The incident got started Thursday evening when Amy Farmer left Nordstrom’s only to find her car had gone missing.
“I knew exactly where I parked it,” responded Farmer, when mall security suggested 99% of people just forget which row they left their car in. “After a tour of the lots, I remembered I left my iPad inside my backpack. That’s when I said we should head into the Apple Store.”
Inside the store, Apple Geniuses were able to use GPS—the global tracking device—inside the iPad to locate Farmer’s car.
A Lone Tree Police officer was on hand to give dispatch the directions the suspect was rolling in Amy’s WRZ Turbo Suburu. Up I-25 to I-70 to I-225 then to streets between Aurora, Arapahoe County to Denver. Police tried to use stop-spikes but failed to stop the stolen car and when Denver officers did ‘draw-down’ on the suspect, near the Breakers, the bad guy somehow was able to get away and get lost inside the huge apartment complex, according to Farmer.
The suspect is described as being a white male in his early 20s. Police are going over the car—looking for clues as to who he might be. Amy says her car is still in the impound lot, but as far as she knows it is in good condition. The GPS probably saved her car from getting ‘chopped’ inside some local chop-shop.
State Police indicates that GPS tracking devices on more and more cars and PDAs are helping track down crooks, as one trooper put it, ‘word to the wise, you never know who is watching and from where’ in this case it was out of this world!