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    True story about how CHP + Android + Google Latitude saved the day

    This is a true story about how two Android phones, a service called Google latitude, and the CHP saved the day.

    So here is the skinny - can't go into too many details yet…

    - My wife and I were on our way to Lake Tahoe over the memorial day break. About 300+ miles into our trip, we decided to take a break at a rest stop. We took a little walk to stretch and were making our way back to our car…

    - …when we saw someone on the other side of the vehicle doing something that looked like he was *in* our vehicle.

    - On walking closer the man walked quickly to another car waiting behind hours (another person was at the wheel) and sped away

    - Discovered to our horror that the window of our vehicle was smashed in and a lot of our stuff was gone.

    - Stolen stuff: two laptops, two digital cameras (one of them very expensive), one Droid Eris, my Zune HD, my wife's wallet, her credit cards, ID, cash, two backpacks, and some other stuff

    - Called 911 immediately and gave the dispatcher a description of the car and occupants

    - While waiting for the CHP to arrive, I remembered that I had enabled Google latitude on both our phones and that tracking was 'on'.

    - I was able to use my phone (HTC Incredible) to track exactly where my wife's phone was (it was headed down I-5 S)

    - Provided this information to the officer who arrived. Officer radioed ahead

    - Suspects apprehended based on information provided ALL ITEMS RECOVERED

    - Suspects had also robbed other victims so there was lots of loot. They also had prior criminal records and were on probation.

    - Went back to the county police station, went through paperwork and formalities.

    - Officers made repeated mention of how we assisted with the capture and were wise to use technology.


    I think that the following helped immensely:

    - Our ability to provide an accurate description of the car and suspects

    - Android + Google latitude

    - The very very awesome CHP

    - The fact that the suspects did not turn off my wife's phone after they stole it, so it kept transmitting its location to Google Latitude constantly.

    - The fact that Verizon had 3G signal in the middle of nowhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by mapexvenus View Post
    This is a true story about how two Android phones, a service called Google latitude, and the CHP saved the day.

    So here is the skinny - can't go into too many details yet…

    - My wife and I were on our way to Lake Tahoe over the memorial day break. About 300+ miles into our trip, we decided to take a break at a rest stop. We took a little walk to stretch and were making our way back to our car…

    - …when we saw someone on the other side of the vehicle doing something that looked like he was *in* our vehicle.

    - On walking closer the man walked quickly to another car waiting behind hours (another person was at the wheel) and sped away

    - Discovered to our horror that the window of our vehicle was smashed in and a lot of our stuff was gone.

    - Stolen stuff: two laptops, two digital cameras (one of them very expensive), one Droid Eris, my Zune HD, my wife's wallet, her credit cards, ID, cash, two backpacks, and some other stuff

    - Called 911 immediately and gave the dispatcher a description of the car and occupants

    - While waiting for the CHP to arrive, I remembered that I had enabled Google latitude on both our phones and that tracking was 'on'.

    - I was able to use my phone (HTC Incredible) to track exactly where my wife's phone was (it was headed down I-5 S)

    - Provided this information to the officer who arrived. Officer radioed ahead

    - Suspects apprehended based on information provided ALL ITEMS RECOVERED

    - Suspects had also robbed other victims so there was lots of loot. They also had prior criminal records and were on probation.

    - Went back to the county police station, went through paperwork and formalities.

    - Officers made repeated mention of how we assisted with the capture and were wise to use technology.


    I think that the following helped immensely:

    - Our ability to provide an accurate description of the car and suspects

    - Android + Google latitude

    - The very very awesome CHP

    - The fact that the suspects did not turn off my wife's phone after they stole it, so it kept transmitting its location to Google Latitude constantly.

    - The fact that Verizon had 3G signal in the middle of nowhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by mapexvenus View Post

    - The fact that Verizon had 3G signal in the middle of nowhere

    WOW!
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    Awesome story! And, aren't you glad your wife didn't take her Eris on the walk with you? If she did, you probably would not have recovered everything. Thanks for sharing!
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    werd.....

    What can I say awesome story. Congrats on being quick to react. I personally use the mobiledefense app. I was able to track m GF's Droid from my Droid's browser. For some reason she doesnt refresh when I pull up the Google Latitude....

    Once again Congrats!!!!!!
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