Crook is app-rehended
TECHNOLOGY bamboozled a car thief in Belmont after police tracked and arrested him with the help of an iPhone app.
About 7.30pm last Wednesday evening, a Chrysler 300 was stolen from Kassem’s Pizza employee Merwan Kassem when he was on a delivery job in Belmont.
Kassem’s Pizza owner Maher Kassem said the opportunistic thief had jumped into the car and allegedly attempted to run his son down before speeding off.
Unbeknown to the thief, Merwan (22) had left his phone under an armrest on silent.
“The thief wouldn’t have even known it was there, so when Merwan got back to the store we just opened up the Find My Phone app on my phone,” Mr Kassem said.
“We could watch exactly where he was going and called the police.”
Police officers and the Kassems tracked the car’s movements as it travelled from Belmont to Midland in about six minutes before stopping in Wongan Hills.
A squad of police offers barricaded the property where the Chrysler was found, hidden at the back of the Wongan Hills residence.
The man tried to run but was quickly apprehended and arrested.
“It was great justice, the crime was solved in hours, they caught him about three hours after the car was stolen,” Mr Kassem said.
“With this kind of technology you don’t need high-speed police chases; police can just follow at a leisurely, safe pace and catch them at the end.”
A 44-year-old Brentwood man was charged.