Woman Tracks Down Stolen iPhone

By: Jake Wasikowski
By: Jake Wasikowski

There’s an app for just about everything in the iPhone network. But fun and games aside, some can definitely make a difference if a phone ends up in the wrong hands. Hilary had her phone stolen from work one week ago.

“It was a sense of shock and just kind of disbelief and just trying to remember exactly what I’d done beforehand, what I could’ve done to, I don’t know, prevent it from happening,” she said.

She didn’t want her full identity known for safety reasons, but she did tell us her story. Once Hilary knew her phone had been stolen, she shut off the service, but shortly after turned it back on. That’s when an application called “MobileMe” emailed her with the location of her phone.

“Part of me, just kind of the adrenaline side of me was, ‘I’m going to go get my phone, I’m going to leave right now, I’m going to go get my phone,’” Hilary said. “And then kind of the rational side kicked in and realized that I probably needed some help.”

So Hilary tracked her phone online using the GPS tracking device and then called police. Together they were able to pinpoint its location to a parking lot on South 30th street. Authorities then determined the signal was coming from a vehicle. As police entered the vehicle, it really didn’t take them long. They were able to find the iPhone right in the glove box.

“To be able to have it back was just a huge relief,” Hilary said.

Police arrested the owner of the vehicle, 42-year-old Wynn Carlson. And by taking matters into her own hands, Hilary was able to find an important piece of her life she never thought she’d see again.

“Yeah. Don’t mess with me,” Hilary said. “I’ll come after you. I’ll find some way to find you and track you down, so don’t steal my phone.”

Carlson was booked for felony theft. The victim said she couldn’t have done it without the “MobileMe” application and the help of the Omaha Police Department.


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