Burglarized iPhone calls home

By Juliette Laaka | Nov 14, 2012

Thomaston — A stolen Apple iPhone implicated its own thief utilizing GPS technology to identify its location, police said.

A visitor staying at the Hampton Inn on New County Road in Thomaston left his jacket in the lobby with his iPhone in the pocket Nov. 5, according to Officer Michael Blais of Thomaston Police Department.

The night staff noticed the jacket and placed it in the manager's office for safe keeping. The jacket and phone were stolen sometime during the night or early morning hours, said Blais.

Stephan Siegel, of New Hampshire, asked the front desk about his misplaced jacket Nov. 6 and discovered it was missing. Siegel searched for the location of the phone by computer using the phones tracking app — sending out a signal, waiting for the phone to respond, and locating the phone's coordinates on a virtual map. The phone was traced to Union and returned to Siegel.

The investigation continues and the department has two suspects, Blais said. If it weren't for the feature, the phone may not have been recovered, he added.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpubicationsllc.com.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Dianne Burnham | Nov 14, 2012 23:36

Well now, they wasn't expecting that! lol


Posted by: Laurel E Taylor | Nov 14, 2012 22:04

Technology is just great!

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 14, 2012 15:27

Good job!!

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