There are numerous tales of iPhone users recovering their favorite handset when it was lost or stolen by using Apple’s “Find My iPhone” feature. However, in what may be a first, a Nashville, Tennessee man has used the service’s real-time tracking capabilities to recover his stolen car.
According to News Channel 5 Nashville, Chase Richardson was driving home in his Honda sedan just after 8pm. Approaching an intersection, a man walked over and started banging on his driver’s side window, wielding a gun. “He’s just saying, ‘Get out of the car! Get on the ground! Get out of the car!,’” Chase remembered.
He did as the man said, but decided at the last minute to also “hand over” his work iPhone by putting it on the center console. He also handed over his wallet and personal phone. Fortunately, Chase had the “Find my iPhone” feature switched on.
Richardson headed to a nearby drug store and called 911. Cops were able to use Find My iPhone’s tracking feature to track down the man’s stolen compact car. Police used both cars and a helicopter to track the scofflaw down. “Eventually he got out of the car and took off on foot and that’s when they were able to get him,” Chase said.
The suspect, convicted felon Phillip Pickett, was arrested. Picket has been charged with aggravated robbery, unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon, and felony evading arrest. Thanks, “Find My iPhone!”