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App leads Schenectady police to stolen iPhones

App leads Schenectady police to stolen iPhones

A couple attending a wedding returned to their car last weekend in Schenectady and found their iPhon

A couple attending a wedding returned to their car last weekend in Schenectady and found their iPhones missing and presumed stolen.

But the phones weren’t missing for long, thanks to a locator app that led police directly to them — and a suspect.

The incident happened last Sunday afternoon on State Street near Key Hall. The couple was attending a wedding there and left their phones in their car. They also left their car unlocked, police said.

They returned to find that someone had been in their car and the phones were gone. They reported the theft to city police, and also told responding officers about the “Find My iPhone” app. The app does just as it says, helping owners track down lost or stolen phones. The couple’s phones were an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S.

Accessing the couple’s Apple account, officers soon tracked the phone to a store at the corner of State and Hulett streets.

With multiple people there, Officers Jeff St. Onge and Eric Reyell keyed in on one man who looked like he was offering something to the store clerk. The store clerk seemed to be declining it.

Speaking to both, the officers got conflicting accounts as to what was said. The clerk’s account was that the customer was trying to sell him a phone. The officers then spotted the customer allegedly trying to put a phone in his pants. That phone, and another one recovered shortly after, turned out to be the ones taken from the couple’s car, authorities said.

Charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property was 50-year-old Calvin Williams.

City police Lt. Mark McCracken praised both the officers and the app. “It’s fantastic. That’s why the app exists, in case someone loses it or is a victim of a crime.”

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