NYPD cops nab armed robbers with Apple’s ‘Find My iPhone’ app
Police officers cuffed two suspects in an East Harlem armed robbery Monday morning using Apple’s “Find My iPhone” application.
A couple leaving a Bronx nightclub about 3:15 a.m. were robbed by two men who exited a dark-colored vehicle, police said.
One of the men pointed a silver handgun at the male victim and threatened him.
“You know what this is, give up everything,” the suspect told the man, according to police.
The man complied, handing over his belt, $30 and an iPhone, while the second suspect removed his wallet.
The first suspect then pointed his gun at the woman.
“What else does this b— have?” he asked, before taking her iPhone, according to police.
The two men then fled in their car, firing a gun as they drove off.
After interviewing the couple, an Police Officer Clement Krug used Apple’s “Find My iPhone” application to trace one of the victims’ phones to East Harlem.
After arriving at the location at East 120 Street and First Avenue, Krug and other officers saw the suspects in their car parked in front of a fire hydrant.
The officers conducted a traffic stop and found a loaded .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the glove box, according to police.
Rochester, N.Y., resident Antoine Ross, 21, and Trevor Robinson, 22, of the Bronx were arrested and charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny and reckless endangerment.
The two iPhones and the belt were found with the suspects. Police reported no injuries.
Cops recovered an iPhone in another robbery last Friday using the same application. As police see a spike in Apple product thefts, the department has used technology to recover stolen products.
Through Sunday, NYPD officers have used “Find My iPhone” in at least 116 incidents that resulted in 161 arrests, police said, recovering 101 iPhones, seven iPads, one Macbook and two iPods.
Danielle Tcholakian contributed reporting. Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders