What do you do when a thief steals your iPhone, credit cards and all your cash? If you're like one victim in Pittsburgh you will fire up your MobileMe account and use "find my iPhone" to locate your stolen property.
A victim, who has not been named, was reportedly robbed at gun point by three individuals who demanded his iPhone and wallet. After running from the scene and contacting police the victim used his MobileMe account to locate his iPhone.
The suspects were found at a near by Wal-Mart trying to purchase goods with the stolen credit cards. "Police said they will charge Bryant Rather, 22, of West Mifflin, Brent Ray Potter, 22, of Swissvale, and Myron Knox, Jr., 22, of Homewood, with two counts each of access device fraud, conspiracy, receiving stolen property and possessing instruments of crime. Mr. Rather and Mr. Potter will also be charged with robbery."
If it were not for the iPhone's GPS and the MobileMe feature of "find my iPhone", the victim may not have seen his iPhone or wallet again. While GPS location services have been around for sometime this story shows that they are effective in returning lost or stolen property.