Saturday, June 9, 2012

Stolen iPad leads police to Redwood City burglary suspects

Police arrested two Redwood City teenagers Wednesday after an iPad they allegedly stole uploaded one suspect's picture to the owner's "cloud storage" and its tracking application led officers to her home.

A 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old old girl were taken into custody on two counts of residential burglary, according to a Redwood City Police Department press release that states they confessed to committing two burglaries in the city the last month.

They were apprehended at the girl's apartment on the 1600 block of Oxford Street at about 8:30 a.m. after a search warrant was served, according to police.

A victim who reported a burglary May 19 at 11:06 p.m. on the 100 block of Danbury Lane helped officers track down the stolen iPad through a GPS application called Find Me. The GPS traced the iPad to a large apartment complex at the Oxford Street address, but officers were unable to locate the suspects or the stolen property.

The second burglary occurred May 30 on the 300 block of Newcastle Drive.
The victim reported seeing the two suspects and described them as a "chubby" Hispanic boy with slicked-back hair and wearing a blue track suit and a heavyset Hispanic girl with shoulder-length dark hair and wearing a red- or pink-hooded sweatshirt, according to a police incident report.
Three days later, on June 2, the Danbury Lane victim contacted police and said his stolen iPad had automatically uploaded a picture of a Hispanic female teenager to his online storage account, time-stamped at the approximate time of the burglary. Officers couldn't identify her at that time, according to the press release.

Then on Tuesday, a Redwood City police officer "contacted, identified and photographed a suspicious male and female juvenile," according to the press release. Police compared the iPad photograph of the female juvenile with the one taken by the officer, and the two matched. The girl was subsequently identified by the Newcastle Drive burglary victim, according to police.

By Bonnie Eslinger
Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 06/08/2012 06:08:12 AM PDT
Updated: 06/08/2012 06:08:35 AM PDT

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