, Salem, MA

December 24, 2012

Telltale iPod helps family, police track down thief

By Alan Burke
Staff writer

---- — SALEM — In old movies you couldn’t steal the horse of the cowboy hero. He just whistled and the animal tossed the villain to the ground and ran back to his owner.

Modern electronics seems to work in much the same way. A youth reported on Saturday morning that his iPod Touch and $8 was stolen from his backpack while he played basketball at the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA.

Police had no witnesses and video cameras at the Y offered no evidence.

Then, the victim’s mom, who has a connected account with the stolen device, noticed messages sent from it. They came from an individual “known to them and is a member of the YMCA,” according to the log.

Next stop was to Apple which confirmed the name.

After being alerted to this development police summoned the father of the suspect, advising him to bring his son and the stolen electronics to the station. The juvenile was read his Miranda rights after turning over the stolen object.

He told police he saw the device “sticking out of the bag,” according to the log. He took it and left.

He said he had no knowledge of the missing $8.

He will be summonsed to court and charged with larceny. The iPod was returned to its owner, who never even had to whistle.