San Diego, CA — A man used an app to find his missing iPhone, and then administered a little street justice to the alleged thief. The cellphone owner’s buddy, a freelance photographer, captured the citizens arrest on video.
Kenneth Schmidgall located his missing wireless device with the Find My iPhone app. He and his friend Greg Torkelson spent hours tracking the signal. Schmidgall told ABC News 10 in San Diego that “I saw the gentleman on the bike and we followed it and kept tracking it and every time it would stop, the guy on the bike would stop.”
According to the Huffington Post,
“The alleged thief managed to ditch their hot pursuit three times before they cornered him on the beach after calling the police. Torkelson documented the encounter with his camera, but brought another accessory as well: pepper spray.”
Schmidgall and the suspect (who reportedly had a rock in his hand) fought and struggled until an off-duty cop held the thief down until police arrived.
Schmidgall told ABC that violence isn’t always the best approach, but sometimes self-help is called for:
“I really don’t think people should be going out and getting in fights with people because of their cellphones but there comes a point when you have to stand up for yourself and say, ‘This is my stuff, and I’m not going to let people get away with taking it.’ “