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Man Steals iPhone Being Used in GPS Tracking

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Losing your phone sucks. You lose your contacts, you have to call the store and cancel your SIM card so whoever finds it/stole it can't make any pricey calls, and you have to buy a new phone. However, if you're taking part in a GPS tracking trial that happens to monitor the position of your phone, you probably have a better chance of seeing it again.

A San Francisco woman recently had her iPhone stolen by one Horatio Toure. The San Francisco Chronicle cites police who say the 31-year-old city resident rode up to the woman on a bicycle, snatched her phone out of her hands, and then pedaled away.

Fortunately, Toure didn't look at the phone before hightailing it out of there. What he hadn't noticed during his little cycle-by was that the phone was part of a demonstration for a company showcasing GPS tracking. If he'd looked at the display, he would have seen the system tracking the phone, and as a result, its then-present carrier.

Roughly ten minutes later, Toure was captured about half a mile down the road and arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property.

Read the full story on San Francisco Chronicle.

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    _Cubase_ , July 23, 2010 1:55 AM
    You're stealing it wrong!
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    scook9 , July 23, 2010 3:06 AM
    Good thing he was not "holding it wrong".....then the signal may have never got through to track him haha
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    djtronika , July 23, 2010 2:25 AM
    sounds like another stolen iPhone scandal. these are getting old.

    Breaking News: Man steals iPhone only to get caught staring at the new Retina Display in amazement 10 feet from victim. When asked why he didn't run he responded,

    "i'm such a fool, i just couldn't look away!"

    ugh
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    xophaser , July 23, 2010 1:53 AM
    iphone Grand Theft Auto game. I do feel sorry for the lady.
  • 42 Hide
    _Cubase_ , July 23, 2010 1:55 AM
    You're stealing it wrong!
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    nielnield , July 23, 2010 1:57 AM
    marketing campaign.
  • 22 Hide
    djtronika , July 23, 2010 2:25 AM
    sounds like another stolen iPhone scandal. these are getting old.

    Breaking News: Man steals iPhone only to get caught staring at the new Retina Display in amazement 10 feet from victim. When asked why he didn't run he responded,

    "i'm such a fool, i just couldn't look away!"

    ugh
  • 18 Hide
    hoofhearted , July 23, 2010 2:27 AM
    iHoax
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    shovenose , July 23, 2010 3:04 AM
    what dp i care? :) 
  • 25 Hide
    scook9 , July 23, 2010 3:06 AM
    Good thing he was not "holding it wrong".....then the signal may have never got through to track him haha
  • 4 Hide
    xerroz , July 23, 2010 3:31 AM
    Tom's it's called a marketing campaign
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    NuclearShadow , July 23, 2010 4:07 AM
    It would have been much worse if he actually had the use it!
    Thank goodness for the thief that the police caught him in time before he had to go through the frustrations of the iPhone like every other sucker er I mean owner.
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    dokiardo , July 23, 2010 4:19 AM
    So let me get this straight. He just happens to steal it from a lady using it to demo gps software. Does anyone smell a setup for free publicity?
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    eddieroolz , July 23, 2010 4:36 AM
    Stupidity on part of the thief!
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2010 4:48 AM
    Is this another iphone was stolen stories, how many times do we have to hear some garbage like this from apple's retarded marketing team. SOrry but that iphone isn't worth stealing, its funky garbage. People need to stop looking like tards with ipads also and just buy a magazine.
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    Hellboy , July 23, 2010 7:06 AM
    whats more shocking is that the i phone 4 had a signal all the way down the street
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2010 7:10 AM
    haha i really lol'ed at the previous comments!
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    bebangs , July 23, 2010 8:15 AM
    Got tracked by cyberpolice.
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    r0x0r , July 23, 2010 9:05 AM
    bebangsGot tracked by cyberpolice.


    He done goofed; consequences will never be the same.
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2010 9:29 AM
    +1 hellboy
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    bak0n , July 23, 2010 9:31 AM
    This happened last year in s.f. and she was sitting at the bus stop. Unless its a repeat of the same moronic act by a different loser.
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    lashton , July 23, 2010 10:27 AM
    i think this is why tomshardware has gone downhill because this story is not interesting at all, who cares toms, you really are getting sickening
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    stromm , July 23, 2010 11:16 AM
    The BS about all this "OH, we have GPS Tracking for your Cell" is that ANY stolen cell phone can be located by the cellular provider. They just don't want to do it. Not even for a fee.

    Same goes with iPods. Apple can track those too, but they refuse to do so even when presented with a request/warrant from law enforcement.

    It's so simple, there's no excuse.
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