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Cell Phone Leads Police To Its Alleged Thief

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hide captionCell phones with their GPS feature can be very useful to police, pinpointing the location of thieves who, say, steal cell phones. 

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Here's a fresh example of how GPS is fast becoming law enforcement's best friend, something of an electronic snitch:

DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines says it has fired a worker who is charged with stealing thousands of dollars of items left on the planes that he was employed to clean at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

An airport police report says officers found what they believe are passengers' lost belongings, including a cell phone, cameras and sunglasses, at Henry Ibarra's Fort Worth home.

Police traced the cell phone to his home in July after a passenger reported it missing.

While the short AP story doesn't say the police used the GPS tracking feature, that's really the only way they could have, as the article says, "traced the cell phone to his home."

Of course, this same cell phone feature that can be used for good, can also be used for evil. Stalkers have used the same technology to track victims as allegedly happened in Maine.

As Seacoastonline.com reported in March:

PORTSMOUTH — A Somersworth man was arraigned Monday on two charges alleging he assaulted a woman, then stalked her through GPS technology he activated in her cell phone — after being court-ordered to stay away from her.

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