Police find stolen iPad using ‘find my iPad’ app

Pic: Annie Mole

A Greenwich resident has been reunited with a stolen Apple iPad after Lewisham Police harnessed the latest in GPS mobile technology to track down the missing device in Deptford.

Two officers on Olympic Cycle duty on August 31 were approached by a member of the public after the iPad was stolen in the grounds of The Royal Naval College.

One of the officers used the free ‘Find My iPad’ application on their own iPhone to give then an approximate location of the missing device, leading them to an address in Creekside, Deptford.

With the location pinpointed the officer remotely turned on the iPad’s alarm and it was discovered hidden underneath a sofa.

A woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s were arrested. No further action will be taken against the woman, while the other suspect has been bailed pending further enquiries.

The app is billed as helping users find lost iPads remotely and even wipe their memory of contacts and personal details from a distance.

This is not the first time an iPad’s abilities have led to owners tracking it down. On August 14, Kariem McFarlin was arrested in California for stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of jewels, champaigne and computer equipment – including three iPads.

One was given to his daughter and another to a local performer, Kenneth Kahn, otherwise known as Kenny the Clown. All three were discovered when the devices were used and sent back data to the Apple servers in Cupertino.



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