AirPods help track down car burglars in San Francisco

Berkeley police have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of a car theft in the Bay Area.


Apple’s AirPods and the Find My network were found to be integral to the arrest of two people in San Francisco. An Oakland police sergeant used the location of the AirPods when it was stolen and the ping it generated to a parking lot at Walgreens.

A plane was tapped to find the vehicle, triggering a chase when the suspects resisted a stop. The resulting chase included areas such as Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, Richmond and San Leandro. Finally, authorities found the suspects when they left behind the stolen car, an Audi.

The Find My network and Apple devices are often in the news because it is used to track down lost and stolen items. In May, a driver used the network to recover his stolen AirPods. In another, a pair of AirPods were used to reveal troop movements in Ukraine.

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