OLYMPIA, Wash. - After a woman’s iPad was stolen, she used an app on her iPhone to help track her device down.
When Jenna Norwood’s iPad was taken out of her car, she used an app to locate it down Interstate 5 and then to an Olympia parking lot.
After Norwood got to the parking lot, the tracking kept moving.
Norwood spoke with KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Richard Thompson about how she outsmarted the thief.
“I called my husband, and he said, ‘Well, we can track it.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Yeah, but then what are we going to do?’” said Norwood. “The ping on my app started moving, and so did a vehicle that looked quite suspicious.”
Norwood and a friend followed the green dot on her phone, which tracked her stolen iPad’s location.
After following the vehicle for several miles, the two found an SUV in front of a house, and they called the police.
When officers arrived at the scene, the vehicle took off.
Police pulled over the driver in the SUV, but an iPad was not visible, and he denied having it.
“I’m thinking it’s right here. I can see it on the ping. I know it’s in that car still, and I’m thinking he’s going to let him go,” said Norwood.
Norwood told police she could set off an alarm on the iPad by using her phone, and she did.
A backpack in the driver’s car started beeping.
“We were just standing in the parking lot, and he was getting arrested. So that was rewarding,” Norwood said.
Police arrested Anthony Samlock, who police said had two stolen iPads in his vehicle.
“I don’t want to do it again. I probably won’t leave my iPad in my car ever again,” Norwood said.
According to police, Samlock was wanted for stealing a car.