Family helps police chase down thief using ‘Find My iPhone’ app

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OKLAHOMA - A metro family didn’t wait for police to catch a thief.

After a woman stole a teenager’s phone, the family helped officers chase her down, and they couldn’t have done it without an app you may have on your phone.

“She was drugged out bad. I don't know what she was on,” Jacob said.

Jacob didn’t know what to think about the woman who stole his phone.

We agreed not to show his face after what happened.

Tuesday night, he took dinner to his mom where she works at the Plaza Inn.

“Sometimes, my driver's door doesn't lock when I hit the lock button, and I guess it didn't lock. I come back out, and my phone's missing from my charger,” Jacob said.

Jacob got ahold of his stepdad who started tracking his phone using the 'Find my iPhone' app.

Jacob's stepdad tracked his phone to a daycare in Del City.

Jacob confronted the woman there, and things got worse.

She took off in his car.

“Next thing I know she's like 5 or 6 feet away from me at hops in my car. I run up, and I didn't know what to do, and then she started going so I jumped back so I didn't get hit,” Jacob said.

With Denise Lee behind the wheel of Jacob’s Ford Taurus, his stepdad called 911 and took off, too.

“She’s just racing down the street, and my stepdad's chasing her, on the phone with dispatch,” Jacob said.

With the help of the app, police caught up with Lee at the Circle K near Southeast 29th and Air Depot, and they arrested her.

Jacob got his car back and his phone with that app he’s grateful he had.

“I’m just glad she didn't hurt anybody, and she didn't wreck the car,” Jacob said.

In this case, everything ended peacefully, but police said: Don't take it upon yourself to chase a suspect - leave that up to them.

Denise Lee is facing a long list of charges, including eluding police officers and drug possession.

She's expected to go before a judge on Thursday.

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