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Cops Go All Out in Chase for Stolen Droid Phone

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This was a Droid they were looking for.

Cell phones get stolen all the time, but how many of those crimes get a full on police chase with a helicopter?

Interestingly, one such chase happened in Palo Alto, CA. During the week, a man rode up to another man and asked to borrow his phone. The phone owner handed over his Motorola Droid phone and the thief sped off on his bicycle. It turns out that the bicycle was probably stolen too.

A responding police officer spotted the thief and chased him on foot until he was lost in a condominium complex. A Santa Clara County sheriff's helicopter was called upon to aid in finding the thief, but sadly the suspect eluded the authorities.

While it is unusual for that much police attention to be devoted to a stolen gadget, police say that they dedicate all available resources at any given time to public safety.

"Whenever we see there's a threat to public safety, we're going to dedicate any resources we have to apprehend that person," Palo Alto police Agent Max Nielepko said. "The threat to public safety would be an unknown person jumping through citizens' backyards.

"I think the helicopter is what threw more attention to this."

Source: Mercury News.

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    asdf634 , October 11, 2010 6:45 AM
    The sad part is even with that the thief is still not caught...
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    lassik , October 11, 2010 7:32 AM
    Why did he give his new phone to some stranger anyway?!
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    mayankleoboy1 , October 11, 2010 6:53 AM
    Quote:
    Whenever we see there's a threat to public safety, we're going to dedicate any resources we have to apprehend that person


    yeah....right
    second biggest lie right after
    "i am from the government and i am here to help you"


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  • 25 Hide
    asdf634 , October 11, 2010 6:45 AM
    The sad part is even with that the thief is still not caught...
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    TheWhiteRose000 , October 11, 2010 6:45 AM
    Awesome, and Hilarious!
  • 21 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , October 11, 2010 6:53 AM
    Quote:
    Whenever we see there's a threat to public safety, we're going to dedicate any resources we have to apprehend that person


    yeah....right
    second biggest lie right after
    "i am from the government and i am here to help you"


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    outacontrolpimp , October 11, 2010 7:29 AM
    I would be so pissed. I have so much stuff on my phone. Thats why I hardly ever let anyone barrow my phone, cuz I'm paranoid about this happening. He made a good choice in the phone he stole though :) 
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    lassik , October 11, 2010 7:32 AM
    Why did he give his new phone to some stranger anyway?!
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    oldscotch , October 11, 2010 7:36 AM
    It doesn't matter if it's jaywalking, if the police tell you to stop and you run, you can bet your life they'll send everything they've got after you.
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    DM0407 , October 11, 2010 7:41 AM
    Quote:
    "I think the helicopter is what threw more attention to this."


    Did the helicopter physically throw attention on the story, or did it draw attention to it?
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    JOSHSKORN , October 11, 2010 8:32 AM
    LOL sounds like something the city where I live would do.
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    r0x0r , October 11, 2010 8:37 AM
    Why would you steal a phone nowdays when the owner can just get it bricked in 10 minutes with a call to the telco provider?

    Am I missing something?
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    shovenose , October 11, 2010 9:27 AM
    @r0x0r: um-at least some phone services wont do that (couch cough im ooking at you at&t...)
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    alyoshka , October 11, 2010 10:57 AM
    And I would have thought they had better things to do then catch petty thieves :(  The owner could have done better on foot had he had the presence of mind I think, and I wonder who called the cops and on who's phone anyway:)  Wouldn't be surprised if it was the thief himself getting back at the beat cop...... Or for all you know, the thief was actually running after or chasing another thief who had stolen his cell phone and had called the cops to apprehend the first thief where they mistook him to be the thief lol
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    shihabyooo , October 11, 2010 12:27 PM
    lassikWhy did he give his new phone to some stranger anyway?!


    Helping someone in need perhaps ? Some people are nice you know.
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    garyshome , October 11, 2010 1:19 PM
    Stolen Phone Public Safety? I cannot guess how much that cost. Your tax dollars at work. Would it have been cheeper to buy the guy a new phone?
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    nforce4max , October 11, 2010 1:21 PM
    Wow the super pigs are at it again over a cell phone. There is a reason why I hate cops.
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    hitman40 , October 11, 2010 1:26 PM
    nforce4maxWow the super pigs are at it again over a cell phone. There is a reason why I hate cops.


    And and it's the apparent reason that you think all cops are like this, therefore, you hate them all, until you have one of your relatives become an officer, then it just confuses you past exponential possibilities
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    hitman40 , October 11, 2010 1:27 PM
    Also, what's the point in the original "don't they have better things to do?" If that's the case, then cops everywhere should NEVER follow up with a stolen phone, why even bother then? Oh wait, it's not moral...
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    gmarsack , October 11, 2010 1:46 PM
    I wonder how much helicopter fuel was consumed looking for this dude. It would have been cheaper if the police to have cut this poor dude a check for his phone and called it a loss. Mad props for the effort though.
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    f-14 , October 11, 2010 2:14 PM
    wow a helicopter instead of asking the owner for the number to his phone calling it and tracing it's location was cheaper, faster and smarter?
    i think california cops need to just stick to beating whacked out drug addicts resisting arrest. it's about the only intelligent thing they are capable of!
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    g00fysmiley , October 11, 2010 2:15 PM
    nforce4maxWow the super pigs are at it again over a cell phone. There is a reason why I hate cops.



    until YOUR house gets broken into, or until its YOUR friend/family member/self that gets assaulted then you'll call and expect them to resolve the situation...

    cops are good, sure there are some corrupt bad ones, but for every one of those there are a thousand honest good hard working people just trying to help people out and uphold the law.

    in this case sure was the helicopter necessary? probably not but hey what if that person broke into a house was armed and held the family hostage to try and not get caught. maybe the officer believed the individual was a threat to public saftey, if thats the case then by all means send in a chopper to attempt to catch the guy.
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    seboj , October 11, 2010 3:46 PM
    shihabyoooHelping someone in need perhaps ? Some people are nice you know.


    I bet if some stranger rolled up on his bike and asked to borrow your wallet, you'd help him out too eh? :) 
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