Alleged theif caught by tracking the phone he stole

Geraldton police reportedly caught a suspected burglar in Geraldton last night, after tracking him using the GPS system on the phone he stole.

Police say about 10:30pm (AWST) last night, a woman woke to find a man in her lounge room at the home in Lewis Street.

It is alleged he ran from the scene with a stolen mobile phone and portable music device.

Police tracked the phone and conducted a search, finding a 27-year-old man hiding nearby with the allegedly stolen goods in his possession.

He has appeared in the Geraldton Magistrates Court charged with aggravated burglary and was released on bail to reappear at a later date.

This serves as a timely reminder for those who own an iPhone or iPad to activate the "Find my iPhone" setting.

One can do so by going to "Settings", then selecting "iCloud", then ensuring "Find my iPhone is turned to "On".

You can then track your own device from another iPhone or iPad by downloading the free "Find my iPhone" app available in the app store.

Or you can go to and log in with your Apple credentials. Then select find my iPhone.

Apart from making it easier for the police to track stolen devices, it's a very handy way of locating your device, locking your device, or making your device beep if you happen to misplace it.

Jason Smith

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