Crook is app-re­hended

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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