An Apple iPad tablet computer led police directly to thieves.
An Apple iPad tablet computer led police directly to thieves. Lee Constable

Robberies solved as iPad tracked

THIEVES celebrating their burglary booty got a shock when police soon turned up at their hideout and promptly charged them with theft.

The confused crims thought they had made a clean getaway after bagging an iPad and other items during a break-in at a Noosa holiday unit, but they weren't counting on the power of a tracking application installed in the tablet computer.

The tourist who owned the iPad simply activated the app on his iPhone to display a map showing exactly where the thieves were hiding out with his things.

Police were called and were able to promptly visit the thieves' hideout, retrieve the stolen tablet and make the arrests.

In a further salute to the clever tracking app, the investigators apparently charged the alleged offenders with five other unsolved burglaries.

The quirky turn of events brought a smile to the face of the owners of the resort where the businessman was staying with his wife.

"He said, 'I have a tracking device on my phone and I can see where they are' and I said 'You need to call the police' and that's how the whole thing evolved," the bemused complex owner said.

While she had herself been pondering buying an iPhone, the incident has convinced her to make the purchase.

Three Tewantin men are due to appear in coming weeks to face charges of burglary and receiving stolen property as a result of the incident.

A 25-year-old and a 28-year-old will each face charges of burglary and receiving tainted property. They are expected to appear at the Noosa Magistrates Court on October 2.

A 24-year-old was charged with one count of receiving tainted property and will appear in court on a later date.

Police will allege the Munna Cres unit was broken into last Wednesday and several items, including the tablet computer, a handbag and an iPhone, were stolen.

It's a timely warning for would-be thieves with a hankering for new technology.

The Apple tracking application complements technology like remote security camera systems and GPS devices, available to ordinary people to safeguard their property.

Anyone with information to assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at 24 hours a day.