App leads police to stolen haul

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 13:49 25/01/2013

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An application on an iPhone taken in a burglary last night led police straight to the alleged culprits.

Police investigating a burglary at a Waikanae Beach home overnight turned their focus from fingerprinting to hunting down the thieves when a person at the home said a web application tracking their iPhone showed it was on the move.

The tracker led police to the Waikanae River bridge on State Highway 1 shortly before 10am today.

Underneath the bridge they found two men and a car. One of the men was arrested while police are looking for the other man who ran from the scene. Inside the car police found nearly all the property stolen from the home, including the iPhone and a laptop. 

Sergeant Ian Osland said police at the station had followed up leads using iPhone tracking applications in the past, but this was the first time they had caught the alleged thieves and recovered stolen property. 

''Anything that can assist us in identifying and locating property is a plus for us.''

The 34-year-old man arrested would likely be charged with burglary, Mr Osland said. 

He would be held in custody and appear in Porirua District Court at the first opportunity. Police knew the identity of the second alleged thief and it was only a matter of time until he was caught, he said.

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

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