iPhone thief gets caught by forgetting his Samsung Galaxy at scene

iphone-5-vs-galaxy-s4The Washington Post is reporting that a robbery involving the theft of iPhones at a store in Springfield, Illinois was solved after police found – get this – the robber’s Samsung Galaxy phone. Authorities were able to track the account linked to the device of 25 year old Travis Montgomery Snyder after finding it “inside the front door of the store, under broken glass.” The police traced the account linked with the device then, in conjunction with a security camera’s footage of someone matching Snyder’s description, were able to obtain a search warrant for his arrest. The last sentence of the report is my favorite though, being “No word on whether he was seeking an upgrade.”

Something that Apple has done in order to try and combat the high level of iPhone thefts is enact “Activation Lock,” a feature that is chained to a user’s iCloud account through Find My iPhone. When someone tries to restore the device, they are given a prompt that the phone may not be restored unless Activation Lock is disabled. Well, in order for Activation Lock to be disabled, you must sign in to your iCloud and disable it, theoretically “locking” others from making it into a “like-new” phone.

What do you think? Wonder how he could forget his device? Laugh at the irony? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.


Via: AppleInsider, Washington Post

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  • iMan9796

    This same disgusting thievery is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC when it comes to lost & found property. The pubic must be aware of the crimes that are being committed against them when their lost property is stolen from the PABT’s Lost & Found Dept. by Port Authority Bus Terminal Supervisors. Google  “Donna Lebourne abc news.” & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed. Click on the link below.
    Port Authority Supervisor Donna Lebourne has an outside job, she is the Vice President of her & her husband’s charity Caribbean Sports International that donates cellphones & other electronics.
    If you lost an item at the Port Authority Bus  Terminal and did not get it back, contact her charity, perhaps she may donate your item back to you out of the kindness of her heart. By the way, wouldn’t that be a conflict of interest being that she supervises the Lost & Found Dept. at the Port Authority Bus Terminal? 
    It would be nice to see the Port Authority aggressively go after the criminals and their enablers that they employ who engage in these same disgraceful crimes and even worse criminal acts, i.e. the unconscionable and highly illegally procedure of throwing valid lost passports found at the PABT in the garbage, for anyone to find & use for their nefarious purpose in this age of global terrorism and rampant identity theft. 
    Action must be taken against these corrupt incompetent criminals in the Port Authority by local, state or federal officials and/or agencies before another terrorist attack takes place & more innocent lives are lost due to their blatant utter disregard for our safety & security. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.”  click on the link below.
    No one should be above the law no matter who they work for.