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NYPD cops bust three in cellphone theft using 'Find My iPhone' application

Police took only 15 minutes to bust three people for stealing a cellphone by tracking the culprits with the "Find My iPhone" application Friday in Queens.

nypd find my iphone Police took only 15 minutes to bust three people for stealing a cellphone by tracking the culprits with the "Find My iPhone" application Friday in Queens.
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Police took only 15 minutes to bust three people for stealing a cellphone by tracking the culprits with Apple's "Find My iPhone" application Friday night in Queens.

Police said a 17-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop in Corona at 8:45 p.m. when Michael Iglesias, 29, choked her while removing an iPhone from her pocket.

Iglesias then knocked the teen to the ground and jumped into a black Honda Accord, which sped away, police said.

Police officers responding to the robbery used the "Find My iPhone" app on their own phones, tracking the stolen cell to Myrtle Avenue and 85th Street in Glendale.

Officers found the black Honda at the intersection and pulled the suspects over around 9 p.m.

The teen's iPhone was returned. She was not injured during the incident.

Iglesias was charged with robbery and criminal possession of stolen property.

Augustin Rodriguez, 27, an off-duty MTA bus driver, and Sayli Llonch, 28, were in the Honda when police pulled it over. They were charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

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