NYPD cops nab armed robbers with Apple’s ‘Find My iPhone’ app

Find My iPhone NYPD armed robbers
Police officers cuffed a pair of armed robbery suspects, found in East Harlem with this gun, Monday morning using Apple’s “Find My iPhone” app.
Credit: DCPI

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


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.