iPhone Burglars Caught Thanks To MobileMe

Posted Sep 1, 2009

A man was able to retrieve his possessions from a few armed robbers thanks to his iPhone and his MobileMe account.  The victim was not identified by the police. Here’s how it all went down.

Around 1AM near the intersection of Amberson Ave. and Amberson Pl. in Pittsburgh, a man was robbed at gunpoint.  The two men asked for his wallet, PIN number for his credit cards, and his iPhone.  After taking the man’s possessions, they ran off towards Ellsworth Ave.

Officers arrived at the scene while the man was cancelling his credit cards.  And then the victim used Apple’s MobileMe service to determine the location of his iPhone.  It turns out his iPhone was tracked down at the Wal-Mart in North Versailles where the police started following the suspects.  The suspects purchased items with the stolen credit cards and then moved over to an Eat’n Park restaurant on Route 30.

The suspects were arrested there and had a black pellet gun along with stolen cash, IDs, and credit cards.  The three men charged include Bryant Rather (pictured above), Brent Ray Potter, and Myron Knox Jr. They will be charged with two counts of access device fraud, receiving stolen property, possessing instruments of crime, and conspiracy.  Rather and Potter are also being charged with robbery.