Victim Tracks Robbers Using iPhone GPS

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two suspected robbers might as well have had neon signs on their foreheads telling police last night, “Here I am!”

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya explains, parolees Robert Rodriguez and Anthony Diaz allegedly robbed a 33-year-old man at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 2701 W. Logan Blvd.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The victim, who lives nearby, went home and logged onto his computer, where he began using an application that uses GPS to track the iPhone that was taken by the robbers. He was not hurt in the robbery, but the two also took cash, his wallet, a credit card and identification, according to Shakespeare District police Capt. Marc Buslik.

When he saw the iPhone was near Altgeld Street and Washtenaw Avenue, he called 911 and told the dispatchers, the captain said. Dispatchers relayed that information to police who began looking for the suspects.

The victim had also given a description of the them and a few minutes later he phoned the dispatchers again to tell them the iPhone was at 1750 N. Western Ave. at a gas station, where police found the two inside a truck, Buslik said.

When police verified the suspects matched the description the victim had given and the items taken were found in the truck, Rodriguez, of the 4800 block of West Armitage Avenue, and Diaz, of the 1400 block of North Lorel Avenue, were arrested.

Both suspects are 22 and were charged with one count each of robbery, according to Buslik. Diaz also had a warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections, Buslik said.

Both suspects are parolees and one has been charged with robbery before.

  • 73444

    ONCE A CROOK, ALWAYS A CROOK……………..99.9% OF EM ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ness

    Now this is a story that makes me smile – hooray for technology – send these degenerates back to jail for life!

    • TiredOfDumbCommentsFromPeopleLikeYou

      Life, they stole an iPhone. A few years, yes but not life in jail.

      • NoMercyForCriminals

        Life in prison is a little steep.If I were to catch them stealing from me, I would settle for a severe beating that would include broken legs.Then the department of corrections could have them.These are the types that will evetually commit far more serious crimes,so get them in prison when theyr’e young and keep them there.

  • Grand Poobah

    They traumatized this guy and stole his stuff. Now it’s time to steal their freedom. And given they were on parole, their freedom might get stolen for quite some time.

  • I-Touch

    2 less clowns I have to worry about when I go home tonight to my Logan Square home. Steve Jobs, you just made me safer.

  • Apple Rules

    Thank you Steve Jobs for creating the best product in the world!

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      Apple fans are truly cult like and scary…

      This tech has been on every brand of smart phone for years, it’s not something $teve came up with.

      Try thanking the guy that writes the app for it… silly apple freaks.

    • TiredOfPeopleLikeSteveJobsWhoTakeCreditFromOthers

      Thank the military for developing GPS technology.

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  • kwitster

    I think they should be forced to sodomize each other in public and shove a phone up there arse

    • JustALittleAdvice

      You know, there are people you can talk to about your problems?

  • drew

    that is just great put em back in jail and thumbs up for the victim for keeping a cool head

  • Carol

    do you know the name of that app? would like to try it.

  • Matt

    Mobile Me, it comes with the phone.

    • Carol

      Thanks Matt, appreciate it

  • Andy

    This is a great app, I have it myself. That being said, jail and prison may feel like great retribution for these guys, but it isn’t a solution. State funding has cut programs that do some help (though, I admit it can’t solve all the problems). 1 out of 20 individuals living in illinois are involved with some aspect of the criminal justice system (prison, jail, probation, or parole). You can pay for this with your iphones and your taxes, or you can pay with it in your taxes. When the state cut funding for non-medicaid (insurance) patients in october a 30% increase in petty crime (like this) occurred in October and November. 30%, during the cold time of year. That is insane. I haven’t heard about December and Jan. but I am sure it is much of the same. Find a good organization, give a donation (write that off your taxes), save your iphone.

  • Sabrina

    Thank god they got him he was also a stalker

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