iPad app leads police to Buckeye thief and goods

Posted at 12:16 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 19:30:05-05

A robbery victim used an iPad app to locate the device and led police to $2,500 worth of stolen merchandise.

Court documents show that on Jan. 28 a victim had his iPad stolen from his car parked at an equestrian center near Miller and Hazen Roads in Buckeye.

The victim activated an app that showed the location of his iPad at a trailer space nearby. Police went to the location identified by the app and found the victim's stolen backpack.  

Police say they made contact with 19-year-old Zachary James George at the trailer space and talked with him.

At that time numerous other people started calling police to the same area saying they had items stolen from their cars as well.

Police searched inside the home, where they found the items reported stolen including the iPad, a money box, medication, wallets, purses and alcohol. The total value of the items is estimated to be about $2,500. Two handguns were also reported stolen, but haven't been found.

Police say that during questioning, George admitted to "car hopping" where he and a juvenile suspect stole items from at least five vehicles in the parking lot.

George is facing 10 counts of theft and burglary.