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Tracking software reunites man with stolen phone

Published On: Jan 10 2013 12:20:57 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 10 2013 01:05:40 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. -

Police are crediting smart phone tracking software and a suspect description from a bartender with solving a theft case.

Madison police said a 36-year-old Sun Prairie man had his iPhone stolen while he was at a bar. He didn’t see who took it, but police said the bartender got a good description of the thief who was only in the bar for a couple minutes.

The victim was able to use a friend’s phone to track the location of his own phone and was able to trace it to South Broom Street near John Nolen Drive, according to police.

Officers said they spotted a suspect in the 100 block of West Main Street.

The victim told police he could activate an alarm on the phone and he activated it when police moved in.

Police said they then heard a beeping sound from the pocket of Marvin B. White, 52, and an officer asked him to hand over the phone. The victim was able to prove it was his by unlocking it, according to officers.

White told police he had purchased the phone from someone else for $5.

Police said the bartender was able to identify the tie White was wearing as the same one he saw on the man who had taken the phone.

White was arrested on suspicion of theft.

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