Algerian theft suspect nabbed with ‘Find My iPhone’ app in Pattaya

Friday, 15 August 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

Another mobile phone theft has been foiled by an Apple iPhone’s built-in tracking software, with police arresting an Algerian man for taking a Japanese tourist’s bag from a Walking Street go-go bar.

Hidenabi Hobibe, 25, told police that his iPhone and 3,000 baht were in the bag lifted from a table at the Baccara bar Aug. 8. Using the “Find My iPhone” app on another Apple device, officers easily tracked the phone to an apartment on Thappraya Road.

There they arrested Larbi Kblifa, 44, after finding not only the Japanese man’s phone and cash, but a number of other phone cases, wallets and shoulder bags police believe were stolen.

The app-assisted arrest was third of its type reported by Pattaya police.

Police arrest Algerian Larbi Kblifa (center) after tracking him down with Apple iPhone’s built-in tracking software.Police arrest Algerian Larbi Kblifa (center) after tracking him down with Apple iPhone’s built-in tracking software.

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