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"Find my iPhone" Leads Cops to Thieves

Cranston Police arrested three men who were stealing from cars in the Woodridge section of the city last night.

Cranston Police caught three men who they say were rummaging through cars in the Woodridge section of the city last night after using the Apple "Find my iPhone" feature of a phone that was reported stolen.

Police said they arrested Travis Prout-Erinakes, 25, of 129 Pleasant St., Cranston; Marques Gore, 21, of 12 Jean Terrace, Newport; and Necoma Marshall, 21, of 87 Ring St., Providence around 4:30 a.m. this morning after they stopped the three men in the car they were driving thanks to the iPhone tracking app.

Police said they were dispatched to the area around 4:30 a.m. after a man visiting his friend on Firethorn Lane reported that his car was rummaged through and his phone was stolen. The car was unlocked.

The caller told police that he was using the iPhone tracking feature and saw the phone was being transported away from the scene. While staying on the phone with dispatch, the location of the suspects was relayed to police. 

Officers Bradford Duclos, Louis Pezzullo and Derik Braga monitored the locations and were able to spot a the suspects in a black Nissan Altima on Macon Street. They boxed the car in before the men could flee.

Police said the three men inside the car were "out of breath and all soaking wet from the rain" but claimed they never got out of the car.

Dispatch then dialed the number of the stolen iPhone and police heard it ring in Marshall's back pocket.

In addition to the iPhone, police said the three suspects stole a woman's change purse, two pairs of sunglasses, watches, GPS units and loose change with a total value of more than $1,600.

Using the "home" feature of the GPS units, police were able to determine several of the larcenies occurred on Kearsage Drive and Firethorn Lane. 

All three were charged with receiving stolen goods and conspiracy to receive stolen goods.

Police said Gore also had two outstanding warrants out for his arrest.

Police continue to investigate.

Gore is being held without bail.

Prout and Marshall are due to appear in District Court on Oct. 2 for arraignment. 

Robert Farebrother September 20, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I got to see if Android has a similar app. I had my phone stolen years ago at the former NHW or whatever where K Mart used to be on Elmwood Ave. I was younger and foolish because I didn't report it. That was a costly mistake. They were calling Pueto Rico .
Jen Mann September 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I am glad they caught some of the theifs...my checkbook was stolen from my car 3 weeks ago, cashed, and the bank gave me the name of the man who cashed it. Cranston Police did nothing!!!!
MJones September 21, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Sorry Jenn you gotta take some of the blame. You can't get mad at the police because you didn't lock your car doors. Secondly why would anyone ever leave their checkbook in their car. If everyone locked their doors then we wouldn't be having this discussion. I don't care if you live in Mayberry, it's a rough world and only getting rougher with the amount of unemployment, and the increasing substance addiction problems your going to be seeing alot more of this. With that said LOCK YOUR DOORS
Jen Mann September 21, 2012 at 02:55 AM
We need to take back our country!
mitchd123 September 23, 2012 at 05:48 PM
REF, they do have a similar app for Android. http://wheresmydroid.com/ You can probably install the app through Google Play even after your phone is lost. As long as the phone is turned on, and you have wireless data (to install the app). The app can even turn your GPS on if it's turned off to locate the phone. Also really important to password protect your phone, so the thief can't access your accounts like banking or email. With your email account access, a smart thief can reset other passwords and accounts, like online banking, facebook, etc.

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