Owner of stolen iPhone tracks phone, beats crap out of thief, and films it!

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Mike, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    What's on Xiamen: US man tracks down stolen iPhone using location app, then films beating thief

    A vigilante iPhone owner has tracked down a man who allegedly stole the gadget by using a location app - and then filmed their violent confrontation. Kenneth Schmidgall, a 26-year-old construction worker from San Diego, California, took the law into his own hands after the phone was taken at a reggae concert on December 28. After he repeatedly called the phone to no answer, he and his friend Greg Torkelson launched an iPhone app two days later called 'Find My iPhone' to track down the device using GPS. They spent hours tracking the phone's signal until they realised it led to a man riding a bicycle ...

    And they beat the crap out of him before a cop materialized & arrested him. ^

    This appears to be the original article ...

    10 News: Dramatic video shows fight over iPhone: Local man takes matters into own hands after iPhone taken
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  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    the problem with this type of solution, as somewhat humorous at first blush, is you can't be sure the man currently in possession of it is the man who stole it. he may have bought it off someone. typically why you have trials before hanging someone.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Most people know when what they are buying is stolen. If the price is to good to be true it is either stolen or your about to get ripped off.
  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Receiving stolen property is still a crime. And given the police's reluctance to do something when situations like this arise (usually they declare that it is "a civil matter" and walk away), I'd be more inclined to favor the guy who had his iPhone stolen.
  5. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    While this is pretty funny, Nacht has a point, and it stays funny right up until they jump on this guy and he slices and dices them, or pulls a gun and shoots them. If this guy was actually someone that had no clue what was going on, and they jumped on him and he spiked the both of them, or worse, killed the both of them, it would be their own fault.

    All that being said, I was quite glad to see the guy get his phone back.

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