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Thursday 18 December 2014

Find My iPhone app snares burglar

The Find My iPhone app has helped police catch a burglar
The Find My iPhone app has helped police catch a burglar

A criminal has been jailed following a string of burglaries after a Find My iPhone app was used by police to help finally capture him.

Ion-Liviu Radita, 36, stole an iPad during one of 11 break-ins committed during a three-week crime spree in Kent from May 3.

But unknown to him, the Apple device had installed an app which enabled police to track it down to one of several properties in Eynsford Road, Ilford, Essex.

Outside one of the homes was a red Nissan Primera which detectives were able to prove was used to travel to Kent at the exact time of the burglaries.

A raid on Radita's home then uncovered a gems box with about 100 pieces of jewellery inside. Police said laptops and other electronic devices were also taken during the break-ins.

Radita, a Romanian, was convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court this week and was jailed for seven years, Kent Police said.

Detective Constable Bill Looker said afterwards: "With the help of the Find My iPhone app, we were able to tie his location down to a small number of addresses and from there it was a case of using other tools available to us, such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, to keep tabs and track the car we knew was being used to commit these burglaries.

"These cameras proved the car was in the area of those burglaries at that time and was seen to go back to Essex after they were committed."

He added: "Fighting this type of crime remains a high priority and we will use a range of tactics available to us to ensure that we continue to bring offenders to justice as we continue our campaign against burglary."

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