Android and Google Latitude protect and serve a lucky forum member

It should have been a nice uneventful holiday weekend for Android Central Forum member mapexvenus and the missus, but real life seldom works out that way.  During the long road trip to Tahoe, they stopped for a little break at a rest stop and the unthinkable happened -- their car was robbed.

Along with other loot, one of the items taken was Mrs. mapexvenus' HTC Droid Eris.  After calling the CHP, the couple remembered one of the powerful tools that Android put at their disposal -- Google Latitude.  Using his HTC Droid Incredible, Mr. mapexvenus was able to track his wife's phone as the thieves motored down I-5 with a carload of expensive stolen gear.  A call to the CHP with this info and the suspects were nabbed and all items were recovered.  Read the whole story here in the Android Central forums.

We're all happy for you Mr. and Mrs. mapexvenus, and hope the rest of your weekend went well.  Crime fighting?  Droid DOES.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • That's frikin awesome. I guess I should start my latitude account up.
  • LOL!! Love it!!!!
  • Yea i guess that does give me a good reason to use Latitude. Altho I'd never make it public
  • "Crime fighting? Droid DOES". No he didn't!! lol
  • Awesome story, with a great ending. "Joining Latitude as he types this"
  • Thank you for reporting on my story! Yknow my wife always complained about my addiction to technology. After this incident, she swore that she would never question me again :D
  • I wish I knew how to use this lol.
  • How can we help this story get picked up by the AP or Drudge Report?!!
  • Am happy to help in any way that I can. It is important to understand though, that while Android + Google + Verizon + HTC helped, the story wouldn't have had a happy ending if it wasn't for the CHP.
  • Sometimes there are other options... In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team.
  • would have just taken some creativity if the chp didnt get involved. Ive had to investigate a van before that was the "suspect" in my own vehicle getting burglarized.
  • Dun dada dun dadadun
  • The A-Team: Starring "Mr. T-Mobile"...
  • Great story!!! Android saved us from Apple and I'm now convinced that Android will protect us from evil doers everywhere.
  • People are often confused over how public Google Latitude is. Just turning it on does not mean everyone can see your location. You have to explicitly enable sharing with people in order for someone to see your location (or add a public badge to your website). Even then, you can fine grain those settings per individual. I use Latitude all the time and share my best location available with all of my friends. All the skeptics/hold outs that I have convinced to try Latitude are loving it just as much as I do! Latitude is a great toy/tool for friends to keep in touch, and in this guy's case, an awesome theft recovery system!!
  • This is awesome. The only thing that would make latitude more accessible for crime-fighting is if you could turn your GPS on remotely, though text or some switch online. I had my phone stolen as well, by some Mexicans. I would have used latitude if my GPS were on, but I rarely ever turn it on anyway.