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  • Article was too long. I'll never get those 10 seconds back.
  • Not to get picky, but doesn't the owner have to be in the car and forced to get out in order for it to be a carjacking? This sounds like a stolen car case and the owner just happened to be in the vicinity.
  • Wow. I'm surprised that the victim was able to get the police to do anything to actually follow the phone's data...

    /life is not like a cop show
  • From what I've heard, those iDevice tracking systems are fairly worthless when it comes to actually recovering a lost or stolen unit.
  • Blues Lounger: Not to get picky, but doesn't the owner have to be in the car and forced to get out in order for it to be a carjacking? This sounds like a stolen car case and the owner just happened to be in the vicinity.


    Radio reports said that there was some kind of scuffle between the driver and the thief before he took off. I think that's what makes it a carjacking.
  • TWX: Wow. I'm surprised that the victim was able to get the police to do anything to actually follow the phone's data...

    /life is not like a cop show


    This actually literally happened to a former friend of mine, and while i tracked the phone using Google Latitude, he called the police. They were very helpful, and were sending units and taking notes, and then.... the vehicle crossed back into St. Louis City.

    Oh boy.

    The office detective that I got transferred to said pretty much the same thing, "This ain't TV" in between screaming at someone about his coffee and completely patronizing me. Finally they sent patrol to where the car had stopped (after i told them the intersection and they told me "those streets don't cross"), but my friend actually got there first and had to wait until police showed up. So now he can see his van, with none of his delivery items in it (dropped off in Illinois somewhere for sure), his phone is gone and its parked in front of a chop shop..... and the police will absolutely not go inside and ask anyone if they know where the vehicle came from, or who drove it, or any witness statements, or anything.

    a few weeks later the phone popped up on my Latitude in a residential area, but of course, the police in that municipality won't do anything about it without a police report saying the phone was stolen. oh, the police report had to be filed by Sprint. lolwut.
  • Almost as hilarious as the stories of carjackers that can't drive a manual transmission
  • headline is stupid..

    wouldn't it be like this....

    News:Carjacker steals car
    BadLuck: with GPS Iphone inside
    Fark: Female cop who used to be a man and is dating carjacker made the arrest.

    wouldn't this be a better headline when using a format like that.
  • Now he's stuck with a god damn iPhone.
  • Keigh: TWX: Wow. I'm surprised that the victim was able to get the police to do anything to actually follow the phone's data...

    /life is not like a cop show

    This actually literally happened to a former friend of mine, and while i tracked the phone using Google Latitude, he called the police. They were very helpful, and were sending units and taking notes, and then.... the vehicle crossed back into St. Louis City.

    Oh boy.

    The office detective that I got transferred to said pretty much the same thing, "This ain't TV" in between screaming at someone about his coffee and completely patronizing me. Finally they sent patrol to where the car had stopped (after i told them the intersection and they told me "those streets don't cross"), but my friend actually got there first and had to wait until police showed up. So now he can see his van, with none of his delivery items in it (dropped off in Illinois somewhere for sure), his phone is gone and its parked in front of a chop shop..... and the police will absolutely not go inside and ask anyone if they know where the vehicle came from, or who drove it, or any witness statements, or anything.

    a few weeks later the phone popped up on my Latitude in a residential area, but of course, the police in that municipality won't do anything about it without a police report saying the phone was stolen. oh, the police report had to be filed by Sprint. lolwut.


    FYI, random detectives are horrible dispatchers.
  • Once, while visiting a friend in Altamonte Springs, I got lost on the way home and wound up in Apopka. Once I realized where I was, I immediately did a U-turn and left... didn't matter what direction I was going in, all I wanted was "away"...
  • Keigh: TWX: Wow. I'm surprised that the victim was able to get the police to do anything to actually follow the phone's data...

    /life is not like a cop show

    This actually literally happened to a former friend of mine, and while i tracked the phone using Google Latitude, he called the police. They were very helpful, and were sending units and taking notes, and then.... the vehicle crossed back into St. Louis City.

    Oh boy.

    The office detective that I got transferred to said pretty much the same thing, "This ain't TV" in between screaming at someone about his coffee and completely patronizing me. Finally they sent patrol to where the car had stopped (after i told them the intersection and they told me "those streets don't cross"), but my friend actually got there first and had to wait until police showed up. So now he can see his van, with none of his delivery items in it (dropped off in Illinois somewhere for sure), his phone is gone and its parked in front of a chop shop..... and the police will absolutely not go inside and ask anyone if they know where the vehicle came from, or who drove it, or any witness statements, or anything.

    a few weeks later the phone popped up on my Latitude in a residential area, but of course, the police in that municipality won't do anything about it without a police report saying the phone was stolen. oh, the police report had to be filed by Sprint. lolwut.


    I see a niche for an app that can be activated remotely. It calls 911 and plays a recording of a woman screaming that she's being kidnapped, does that for a minute or two then wipes itself from the phone, but leaves the phone turned on.
  • jjorsett: Keigh: TWX: Wow. I'm surprised that the victim was able to get the police to do anything to actually follow the phone's data...

    /life is not like a cop show

    This actually literally happened to a former friend of mine, and while i tracked the phone using Google Latitude, he called the police. They were very helpful, and were sending units and taking notes, and then.... the vehicle crossed back into St. Louis City.

    Oh boy.

    The office detective that I got transferred to said pretty much the same thing, "This ain't TV" in between screaming at someone about his coffee and completely patronizing me. Finally they sent patrol to where the car had stopped (after i told them the intersection and they told me "those streets don't cross"), but my friend actually got there first and had to wait until police showed up. So now he can see his van, with none of his delivery items in it (dropped off in Illinois somewhere for sure), his phone is gone and its parked in front of a chop shop..... and the police will absolutely not go inside and ask anyone if they know where the vehicle came from, or who drove it, or any witness statements, or anything.

    a few weeks later the phone popped up on my Latitude in a residential area, but of course, the police in that municipality won't do anything about it without a police report saying the phone was stolen. oh, the police report had to be filed by Sprint. lolwut.

    I see a niche for an app that can be activated remotely. It calls 911 and plays a recording of a woman screaming that she's being kidnapped, does that for a minute or two then wipes itself from the phone, but leaves the phone turned on.


    Good idea, just make sure the woman's voice sounds young, white, and attractive.
  • BigNumber12: From what I've heard, those iDevice tracking systems are fairly worthless when it comes to actually recovering a lost or stolen unit.


    The app is free and worth trying out. I installed it the other day and I'm already annoying people with it. You can make it ring even if the ringer is off and watch your phone move in real time. That and you can set your phone data to delete at any time.
  • Blues Lounger: Not to get picky, but doesn't the owner have to be in the car and forced to get out in order for it to be a carjacking? This sounds like a stolen car case and the owner just happened to be in the vicinity.


    Yeah, this is a left-the-keys-in car theft, not a car jacking.
  • Keigh: TWX: Wow. I'm surprised that the victim was able to get the police to do anything to actually follow the phone's data...

    /life is not like a cop show

    This actually literally happened to a former friend of mine, and while i tracked the phone using Google Latitude, he called the police. They were very helpful, and were sending units and taking notes, and then.... the vehicle crossed back into St. Louis City.

    Oh boy.

    The office detective that I got transferred to said pretty much the same thing, "This ain't TV" in between screaming at someone about his coffee and completely patronizing me. Finally they sent patrol to where the car had stopped (after i told them the intersection and they told me "those streets don't cross"), but my friend actually got there first and had to wait until police showed up. So now he can see his van, with none of his delivery items in it (dropped off in Illinois somewhere for sure), his phone is gone and its parked in front of a chop shop..... and the police will absolutely not go inside and ask anyone if they know where the vehicle came from, or who drove it, or any witness statements, or anything.

    a few weeks later the phone popped up on my Latitude in a residential area, but of course, the police in that municipality won't do anything about it without a police report saying the phone was stolen. oh, the police report had to be filed by Sprint. lolwut.



    At the point where the cops said, "This ain't TV," is where you should have said, "Yeah, you're right. I'll just get my gun, go there and get the damn thing back myself. Bye." then sit back and watch the fun.
  • eKonk: jjorsett:

    I see a niche for an app that can be activated remotely. It calls 911 and plays a recording of a woman screaming that she's being kidnapped, does that for a minute or two then wipes itself from the phone, but leaves the phone turned on.

    Good idea, just make sure the woman's voice sounds young, white, and attractive.


    "Help! I'm a rich blonde lingerie model and they're kidnapping me!"

    At least two dozen cop cars and helicopters will surround the thief within minutes.

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