OKLAHOMA CITY – An app on a popular mobile device led Oklahoma County Sheriff’s deputies straight to alleged burglary suspects and stolen items.
Monday morning, a Deer Creek homeowner called the sheriff’s office after realizing that his car had been ransacked by thieves.
Ellis Garrett doesn’t usually leave thousands of dollars of technology in his car overnight.
“I always take it inside,” says Garrett. “The one night I didn’t and leave it unlocked, there it goes.”
He woke up the next morning to find his checkbook, a laptop, electric tools and an iPad gone.
As Oklahoma County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at his Deer Creek home, he was already receiving alerts on his phone from his iPad because he had downloaded a tracking app.
Garrett said, “They actually joined their Wi-Fi and it pinged out the location.”
That ping led them to a northwest Oklahoma City home and straight to Garrett’s belongings, along with 24 grams of meth and a loaded handgun.
Deputies made five arrests in the house.
On some devices it’s as easy as going to your settings and allowing it to find your device.
This very function is something Mark Myers, with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, says they’re using almost weekly to recover stolen technology.
“All in all, this took us three hours to wrap up,” says Myers. “From the time we got the call to the time we made the arrest, just three hours and that’s all because of technology.”
The sheriff’s office is urging everyone to take advantage of these apps.
Garrett says, “I felt like I was a part of it!”
The suspects are facing burglary, drug trafficking and possession of a firearm charges.