BRIEF: Roanoke woman's stolen purse returned thanks to iPad GPS app [The Roanoke Times, Va.]
(Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 31--Police say a Roanoke woman found items that were pilfered from her Monday using the GPS feature on her stolen iPad.
Roanoke police Officer W.D. Wood wrote in a search warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court that a man fled after snatching the woman's purse out of her car's trunk. Police spokesman Scott Leamon said the incident happened in the parking lot of the Target in the 4700 block of Valley View Boulevard Northwest.
The woman tracked the suspect's car to the 1600 block of Hanover Avenue Northwest using an Apple app on her iPad, Wood said.
Apple provides an app called "Find My iPhone" which can be used on the iPad as well, though it was not immediately clear which app was used.
Located in the car in plain view were the woman's purse, iPad and wallet, which she positively identified to officers. After executing a search warrant, officers recovered other stolen items as well.
Leamon said the woman did "exactly the right thing," noting that she gave the information she had to police rather than confronting the suspect or suspects herself.
No arrests have been made, though Leamon said the investigation is ongoing.
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