Posted Jan 19, 2012 07:04 pm CST
When a federal prosecutor in Seattle started his day on Saturday morning and discovered his home had been burglarized, he knew what to do.
In addition to calling 911, assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Malkin awakened his 14-year-old son, Max. Working with the responding police officer, who suggested that they try to track a stolen iPhone that belonged to Malkin’s wife, Max went online on Apple’s iCloud site and pulled up a map that showed the phone’s location. The site uses GPS to track products that have been registered by their owners, recounts the Seattle Times.
“It was fascinating to watch them work together,” Malkin said of his son and the officer, Kurt Knox. “From the time the laptop was opened to the time they got this guy, it was probably 15 minutes.”
Broadcasting the iPhone’s location over his police radio to other police officers in downtown Seattle, Knox directed them to a suspect. At his feet was a brown rolling duffel bag that matched the description of one stolen from the Malkin home, along with $4,000 worth of electronic items.
Stopped by police after he made eye contact with an officer and walked away, the suspect was arrested when Malkin called his wife’s iPhone and it rang in the suspect’s pocket, the newspaper reports.
He had been previously booked on Thursday in an unrelated theft and criminal trespass investigation, then conditionally released on Friday.
The Times article doesn’t include any comment from the suspect or his counsel.