Man­dalay po­lice nab iPhone thief us­ing GPS lo­ca­tor

The Myanmar Times - - News -

Three Man­dalay men were ar­rested on Au­gust 8 for steal­ing a purse after po­lice tracked them down through an iPhone lo­ca­tor fea­ture.

Daw She Meng was near the south­ern moat and 74th Street, walk­ing to din­ner from Thazin Pann Ho­tel in Chan Aye Tharzan town­ship, when three men on mo­tor­cy­cles took her bag and her iPhone 6s. She re­ported the in­ci­dent to the ho­tel owner who in turn no­ti­fied the town­ship po­lice.

Po­lice Cap­tain Kyaw Thar Oo and other of­fi­cers went onto their com­put­ers and found that the de­vice was still trans­mit­ting its lo­ca­tion. It popped up on 86th Street be­tween 9th and 10th streets but then lost sig­nal. Then it popped up again at the cor­ner of 86th and 9th streets.

Fi­nally, po­lice nar­rowed it down to an ex­act lo­ca­tion and went to in­ves­ti­gate. They found Ko Soe Min Thu, 20, with the iPhone charg­ing in his bed­room. He con­fessed that he, along with Ko Zay Yar Khine and Ko Myo Myint Naing, stole the bag, ditch­ing it near a drink­ing-wa­ter fac­tory on 12th Street and throw­ing other items in a drain. He ex­changed the stolen US dol­lars for ky­ats. Po­lice are pur­su­ing charges that could carry up to 10 years in prison.

– Than Naing Soe, trans­la­tion by Khant Lin Oo

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