Stolen car found using "Find My iPhone"

Stolen gadgets are almost never found even with modern security features, however, a Peruvian man has managed to find his car by simply using the "Find My iPhone" feature on his iPad.

According to the victim, Carlos Molina, a group of young men blocked his car and asked him to give them all his belongings at gunpoint. After parting with his wallet and iPhone, he thought they would leave. However, the culprits decided to steal his car as well. Carlos' MacBook and iPad were in the car's backseat.

Molina approached the local police who took down his report while his wife explored the "Find My iPhone" feature for possible clues. The stolen iPhone had been powered off by the criminals but she managed to track the iPad which probably did not catch the eye of the robbers.

After the geo-location of the iPad had stabilized, Carlos was able to locate his car in a fairly isolated place out of the police eye. Rest of the gadgets including his work MacBook were not found. The Grand Theft Auto style robberies are on the rise in the country, according to Carlos, and he feels lucky to have been able to find at least some of his belongings after the incident.

This isn't the first case where "Find My iPhone" has been helpful as we have reported in the past about a similar incident in Australia.

Thanks to Carlos for sharing his story with us and providing the images

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Rohdekill said,
I take it services such as OnStar don't exist in his country?

OnStar? what is that some kinda of rip off of an Apple's Find My Phone? psh.... everyone copies Apple.....

onStar is a service which not only can track your car, but disable it, unlock it, provide information via phone, and call emergency services in the event of an accident. It's built into every Chevrolet. Ford has their own version.

Rohdekill said,
I take it services such as OnStar don't exist in his country?

You do know that not every car comes with that, and of the cars that do not everyone has it running since it has a monthly fee?

Rohdekill said,
. It's built into every Chevrolet. Ford has their own version.

There ya go - it's only in Chevrolet's and like most thinks probably locked to the American market since the phone unlocking/emergency calls probably only work with US carriers. Also doesn't help if your car isn't very new.

Personally I prefer to run my own lojack equipment as it's not standard (so hard for theives to disable) or on the CAN Bus. I have a Galaxy S2 board which is powered directly from the car's battery. In my car (1989 BMW) the battery is under the rear seats. No one is going looking for things there!

I've been using my old LG E900 aka optimus 7, windows 7.5 phone's board on my bike for a little over a year now. Bikes not been stolen yet, but does personal ghetto lojack. Phone even registers on windows phone listed under one of my phones so don't even have to remember it. Old Windows Phone x7 are dirt cheap on ebay, worth ripping one apart and hiding it in your car/bike somewhere IMO, and this just proves it.

sagum said,
I've been using my old LG E900 aka optimus 7, windows 7.5 phone's board on my bike for a little over a year now. Bikes not been stolen yet, but does personal ghetto lojack. Phone even registers on windows phone listed under one of my phones so don't even have to remember it. Old Windows Phone x7 are dirt cheap on ebay, worth ripping one apart and hiding it in your car/bike somewhere IMO, and this just proves it.

But how does it get internet? Are you paying monthly for it?

The phone is on '3' network, using a pay as you go SIM card. I don't think it uses internet as the find my phone feature because so far the only credit the SIM card has used, seems to have been from SMS text messages. So I assume you could use it with any GSM SIM.