Cops fail to recover car tracked using iPad

2014-06-25 00:00

TWO Durban men have found that having a tracking application on your stolen iPad does not necessarily mean you will get your stolen items back.

Bandile Mtshali and Vukile Mbesa were hijacked by three men in Newlands West on Friday evening. The thugs took Mtshali’s Audi A3 and Mbesa’s Apple iPad.

“We were chatting with another friend and we saw these two guys, one holding a beer in his hand, so we thought nothing of it because there is a bottle store just down the road. They walked past us and suddenly made a U-turn, this time with guns in their hands. A third man appeared from out of nowhere and they robbed us of our phones and wallets,” said Mtshali.

He said they used a neighbour’s phone to call the police, who responded quickly.

Mbesa told the police at the scene that his iPad was traceable and requested an officer to take him home to fetch his laptop. “I have an iCloud application on my iPad which easily connects to my laptop, making it easy to track. I logged on and punched my ID code, and the iPad was located in Inanda. The street name was there, all that was left was for the police to just go to the area and I’m sure they would have easily apprehended the suspects,” said Mbesa.

He said they had left the Newlands police station that evening with the understanding that the police would go to the area. When they went to the police station on Saturday, the officers on duty told them that police did not get co-operation from the Inanda/Ntuzuma police, so they could not go to the area.

“We were shocked and disappointed at this explanation,” said Mbesa.

But police say they dispatched three vehicles to Inanda after the hijacking.

“Nothing could be found as the location was only given and not a specific house. The members interviewed people alongside the area and they confirmed that three unknown men were seen driving the specific vehicle. The members reported back to the police station and informed the victim that the vehicle could not be located.”

Police said they returned to the area to search for the car again on Saturday but again could not find the hijacked car.

“The patrol vehicle tracking system [avl] was also checked on our computer system and it did show that they had been out to the area pointed by the victim via tracking co-ordinates.”

Successfully recovered items

THE Witness has previously reported on incidents where people have recovered their iPads using tracking applications. In August last year, a Pietermaritzburg woman recovered her iPad from an unsuspecting thief after the owner activated the Find My iPhone tracking application. A few days earlier, a Howick man also recovered his stolen gad­get by tracking it from his laptop using the same application, which enables the owner to provide a unique ID code that makes his computer and iPad connect, giving away the location of the stolen device.

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