Raleigh officers use ‘Find My iPhone’ to recover woman’s stolen device

Wake County News
(Raleigh police 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh police officers were able to recover a woman’s stolen cell phone Tuesday by using technology and teamwork.

The Department posted to Facebook saying a woman who lives in Southeast Raleigh reported she went for a run around 6:25 a.m. 

As she left her residence, she noticed a woman walking around in front of her home. 

At 7:15 a.m., the woman was returning home when she saw the same woman down the street. When she got home, her backdoor was open. Raleigh police said the residence had a hidden key outside the home.

The woman immediately realized her iPhone had been stolen so she and her roommate used “Find My iPhone” on a laptop to track the device, police said.

They noticed the phone was a couple of streets away and called 911. 

Officer Byrd responded and took the description of the suspect and watched as the stolen iPhone moved on the app to a Walmart in northeast Raleigh. 

Byrd contacted Officer Witcher about the phone’s location and kept in communication as the phone could be seen going inside the Walmart. 

Witcher confronted the suspect and asked about the phone. The suspect denied having a phone but Byrd and the roommates were able to make the phone make a sound through the app. 

Witcher was then able to seize the phone and return it to its owner. 

Police said the female suspect was arrested. Her identity was not immediately available. 

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