Thief Steals iPhone Thats Ends Up Tracking Him In Real-Time, Caught 10 Minutes Later

Posted Jul 22, 2010

Horatio Toure rode his bicycle up to a woman Monday afternoon in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco to steal her iPhone.  The woman was carrying the iPhone as part of Apple’s demonstration of a real-time GPS tracking program.  The man did not look at the phone, otherwise he would have noticed a map that was tracking his location in real-time.

Toure ended up being taken into custody ten minutes later at 4:01PM according to police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield.  Toure was booked into jail on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property. “This reminds me of the bank robber who arrives during the security test,” said the owner of the phone David Kahn.

Kahn is the CEO of Covia Labs in Mountain View.  Kahn was in San Francisco to showcase a product called Alert & Respond to their public relations team.  Kahn asked his assistant Jordan Strum to take the phone out to the sidewalk so he could track her location on his laptop.  But a few seconds later it appeared she was “running at high speed down the street.”

Strum ran back to the office and called the police to get the phone back. “What are the odds,” Kahn asked, “that you would grab someone’s cell phone during a demonstration of the ability to track the phone’s location in real time? That’s what this unfortunate thief did.”