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

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    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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    nice kill!!
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    Haha suckers!!!!!! Droid does havnt they seen the commercials? wth
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    Freaking SWEET!

    It DOES :)
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    WOW! :icon_ banana:
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    That's awesome... Score one for the good guys!
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    That's great!!! :icon_ banana:

    Catching crooks? There's an app for that.
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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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    Good on your feet thinking too on your part OP!
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    Crooks got PWNED...nice story. Moral of the story don't steal Android devices!?
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    idont, but droiddoes. good story.
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    I absolutely love DROID DOES stories like this....Droid LoJack. Nice.

    Good thing they didn't turn the phone off.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    That's about as good of an ending as you can have. Glad you got everything back (minus the busted glass). I'm going to take a more serious look at the Latitude app now!

    Droid - Criminals
    ...1..........0.....

    Droid Wins!
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    My wife refuses to use lattitude because she thinks im tracking her...oh well. My phone would be easy to find...

    Note to thief. If you steal anything electronic device take the damn battery out. Cant tell you how many stories i hear of idiots stealing phones and leaving them running or using them.
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    We figured that the thieves would have eventually turned the cell phone off. I think they just didn't think that we would begin tracking them as soon as they took off and were busy trying to get away and put as much distance between us and them. The beauty of this story is that the first responders to the incident were the victims (us) and we used tools that were immediately available at our disposal.
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    That's an awesome story! Good job! Android really is the greatest.
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    sounds like justice to me! Great story, and glad to hear no one was hurt
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    Totally cool post - Glad it went so well.
    I have a good friend that's CHP, I'll show him this thread, he'll lov it :)


    We should all be careful in these kind of threads, not to educate the criminals .... :)
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    trust issues with her, jealous issues with you?

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