Early morning car thieves busted by AirPods & Find My

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Early morning car thieves busted by AirPods & Find My


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A New Hampshire man found out the hard way that heating up a car and leaving it unlocked was a bad idea — but Apple’s AirPods and Find My helped police track it down.

Two people were arrested Sunday by police in Weare, New Hampshire, on suspicion of stealing a car from a home in Concord on Friday. The vehicle, owned by Mike McCormack, was left warming up and was taken when he ran into the house to get a water bottle.

However, the car was found just two days later because McCormack had left his AirPods inside the car when it was taken, reports WMUR.

“I left the gym with my boyfriend and decided to check Find My [app] on my iPhone,” McCormack told the report. “And my AirPods just — they showed up and said they found a place on East Road in Weare, New Hampshire, and I was like Let’s get them right now.”

Weare police said they were told about the stolen car by Concord police on Sunday, which led to an attempt to recover the vehicle. Police say the car reached a dead end and its occupants ran into the woods to escape, but surveillance video at the home showed a person running, pursued by a police cruiser.

Concord residents Frederick Estes and Anna Heine were arrested and face multiple charges for their involvement.

In addition to reminding people to lock their unattended vehicles, Officer Laura Purslow of the Weare Police Department thanked “helpful citizens” who were able to provide descriptions of the fleeing suspects and where they were going.

Find My has been used repeatedly in attempts to fight crime, with some success.

After a robbery in May, Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel chased thieves and again used Find My to keep track of his AirPods.

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