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"Find My iPhone" App Leads Cops to Alleged Robbers, Loaded Gun

Police were using the "Find My iPhone" feature to trace the stolen gun

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013  |  Updated 7:11 AM EDT
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iPhone App Leads Cops to Alleged Robbers, Loaded Gun

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Police investigating an armed robbery used a GPS feature on the stolen smartphone to not only locate the iPhone but to bust the suspected robbers on gun charges.

The victims, a man and a woman, were leaving a nightclub at 2520 Park Ave. at about 3:15 a.m. Monday when two men in a car approached them, got out of the vehicle and pointed a gun at them, police said. The victims handed over cash, a wallet and their two iPhones.

The suspects then took off in their car, firing a shot as they got away.

The victims located a police Emergency Services Unit truck nearby and reported the robbery. A responding officer used the Find My iPhone app on his iPhone to trace one of the stolen phones to East 120th Street and First Avenue, police said. 

Cops responded to the location, where they found the alleged robbers parked at a hydrant. The officers conducted a car stop and recovered the loaded gun from the vehicle's glove compartment, along with the stolen items, according to police. 

The suspects, a 21-year-old man from Rochester and a 22-year-old man from the Bronx, were charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny, menacing, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of marijuana.

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