GPS locates woman's allegedly stolen iPhone

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Anyone who owns a smartphone these days knows they can cost you hundreds of dollars.

That's why a WMBF News viewer says she was proactive about getting her iPhone back after someone allegedly stole it.

Michelle says someone stole her daughter's iPhone during softball practice, but she was able to track the phone using the 'Find My iPhone' application. It's essentially a GPS tracker. You can install it on another device and sign in with your Apple ID.

Michelle says when someone turned her phone on, the app provided the exacted location. She called police and accompanied authorities to that man's house. Horry County Police say Michelle did the right thing.

"It's a phone at the end of the day, and it's not worth getting hurt or seriously assaulted over," says Lt. Robert Kegler. "If you feel it's inside a house once it's been tracked, go someplace safe, let us respond and come on out," he says.

Michelle's claims the person who had her phone was not charged with theft because he said he found the phone and was waiting for someone to call and claim it. Police say in cases like that, the burden of proof is on the victim.

"You have to prove that somebody stole it as opposed to found it," says Kegler. "We are not always able to make charges, but at the end of the day our victim has her phone back," he says.

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