iPhone Mugger Tracked By Cops Using Smartphone Technology, Police Say

By Ben Fractenberg on February 3, 2012 8:23pm 

Police used iCloud to track down an armed robber in Queens who allegedly stole an iPhone and iPad from a man on Feb. 2, 2012.
Police used iCloud to track down an armed robber in Queens who allegedly stole an iPhone and iPad from a man on Feb. 2, 2012.
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QUEENS — Smartphone, indeed.

A quick-thinking Queens police officer retrieved a man's iPhone and iPad from an armed robber after tracking the devices using GPS technology, the NYPD said.

Darrius Lee, 19, allegedly approached a 27-year-old man at 145th Road and 183rd Street in the Springfield Gardens on Thursday about 7:15 p.m. with a gun and demanded money from him, police said.

Lee then struck the man on the head with the gun, stole his wallet, iPhone and iPad before fleeing, police added.

Responding officer Brian Sheil used Apple's iCloud feature to track the phone to 145-20 177th Street, where Lee was hiding out, police said.

The alleged robber tried to escape the location and was apprehended, police said. Cops then recovered a loaded 380-caliber Hi Point semi-automatic handgun.

The victim was treated at the scene and released, police added.

Lee faces charges including with robbery, assault and resisting arrest, police said.

Police recovered a handgun after tracking down an armed robber who allegedly stole a man's iPhone and iPad on Thurs., Feb. 2, 2012.
Police recovered a handgun after tracking down an armed robber who allegedly stole a man's iPhone and iPad on Thurs., Feb. 2, 2012.
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