Recover a stolen iPhone? There's an app for that
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CREATED Aug. 30, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 30, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Officer Steve Dombrowski set up a little app on his personal iPhone not too long ago, which helped set up a big break Wednesday on an armed robbery case.
A 13-year-old boy was knocked off his bike Wednesday on the Hank Aaron Trail near 72nd Street and robbed of his ride and his phone, according to police.
Dombrowski asked if the teen had set up the Find My iPhone app, which allows a user to track their lost or stolen device from a computer.
Fortunately for the victim, he did.
"A lot of people don't realize it takes about five minutes to activate a tracking device on your phone, Dombrowski said.
While Dombrowski and his partner, Sgt. Chris Elser, worked in the field, an officer back at District 3 sat at a computer and followed the phone.
When it stopped in the 2600 block of N. 41st Street, officers moved in.
After gaining permission to enter the house where the app was pointing, they found the phone and their suspect.
Something that probably would not have happened had an officer not known about the app, and if the young victim had not given police such a good description of who took it.
"We don't always expect that from a young child. especially after going through something like that," said Sgt. Elser. "It couldn't have worked out any better for us."