From reuniting families separated by a California wildfire to tracking down kidnapping victims, there are plenty of high drama stories concerning Apple’s location-tracking Find My iPhone/iPad feature for iOS.
Well, you can add one more to the list — as police in Bangkok recently captured a violent armed gang responsible for a string of vicious robberies in the country’s northern region — all thanks to their ill-advised decision to steal an iPad mini with the feature enabled.
The iPad mini was stolen in a brazen motorcycle snatch on Saturday, during which its owner was threatened and made to hand over his tablet and some cash.
Fortunately, police were able to track the pilfered device to a rented house in the city of Nonthaburi. There they caught one member of the gang, but other members of the notorious “Ma Diaw” gang escaped dramatically by leaping out of a window and into the Chao Praya river.
The wrongdoers’ efforts were all for naught, however, because not long after their dip they were rounded up and arrested. Alongside the stolen iPad, their hideout was found to contain copious amounts of drugs, ammunition and cash.
There’s a lesson in this somewhere — and it certainly involves making sure the Find my iPhone/iPad feature is enabled on your device.
And probably not being part of a violent Bangkok armed gang, too. Especially if you plan on stealing iPads!