Crime and Punishment

Using ‘Find My iPhone,’ NYPD Cop Also Locates Gun and Weed

You dummies.
Finds phones, guns. (Photo: Apple)

Finds phones, guns. (Photo: Apple)

Just weeks after the New York Police Department encouraged people to activate “Find My iPhone,” it’s already paying dividends in ways the force probably didn’t foresee.

Early this morning, a couple exiting a Bronx nightclub were allegedly mugged at gunpoint by two suspects, 21-year-old Antoine Ross and 22-year-old Trevor Robinson. One of the suspects allegedly pointed a silver pistol at the male victim saying “You know what this is, give up everything” and forcibly removed his wallet, belt and iPhone.

The other suspect also took the woman’s iPhone and fled the scene while firing his gun, according to a police report obtained by Betabeat.

The victims reported the incident to a nearby officer, who used the “Find My iPhone” app on his own phone to trace the devices to a car in East Harlem. Cops in the vicinity of the vehicle stopped the car and not only found the wallets and iPhones, but other goodies like a loaded .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a bag of weed.

Both men were slapped with seven charges, including robbery, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and marijuana.

It would be pretty useful of Apple to have a Find My Lawyer app, too.

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