Kid Uses Smartphone To Help Bust Not So Smart Suspected Thieves
(Memphis) Sunday was not the kind of Father’s Day Norman Blake had imagined spending with his family, “I thought I would be watching the US Open and the Heat play the Thunder and instead I was at Kroger chasing down a couple of criminals.”
Blake and his 14-year-old son, Beck, had stopped at the Kroger on South Perkins near Poplar to buy some salmon, but while they were inside the store thieves busted into their car taking several of their belongings including a phone, “I opened my door and got out and looked and said oh my God, I can’t believe somebody just did this.”
What the crooks didn’t know is that Blake has a son who Is a pretty smart kid.
Beck suggested that his dad download an app called ‘Find My iPhone.’
The GPS technology pinpointed the whereabouts of the stolen iPhone, which Blake said he shared with police, “By the time the police officer got there and we were talking about the situation, (Beck)he went here we have the location of the phone, which we believed the perpetrator probably had that phone.”
The story doesn’t end here.
Blake and his brave 17-year-old daughter, Deven, then used the app to track down the suspected crooks to a house in Whitehaven.
They then followed them to a nearby gas station on Bellevue and East Parkway and took cellphone pictures of the suspects.
The Blakes say then called police and the officers moved in.
“All three people in the car were booked and we did get our belongings back.”
Several not-so-smart suspected bandits were busted because of a smart kid using a smart phone technology on Father’s Day.
“Don’t mess with Daddy on Daddy’s Day and it’s great to have kids who use their minds to get through these things and it’s good to show them some type of action and that you just can’t sit back and let people do these things to you.”
Police did arrest Edmond Cleveland and two unidentified women in connection to the car break-in.