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Burnley student tracks stolen phone using GPS

Lancashire Telegraph: SAFE HANDS James with the returned gadget SAFE HANDS James with the returned gadget

A BURNLEY student used GPS satellite technology to track his stolen iPhone during a city centre chase.

James Bird, 20, ran after a suspected thief when the £500 phone was swiped from a university computer room.

The 20-year-old followed the man onto a bus and blocked his escape, demanding the iPhone 4 back.

James, a second-year student, said he was working on a computer at Manchester University when he noticed his phone had disappeared from his desk.

He used an Apple application called Find My iPhone to track his mobile using the latest GPS (Global Positioning System) technology.

The phone showed it was in Upper Brook Street and moving away from the university, prompting James to give chase with friend Alex Bennett.

James, from Manchester Road, said: “I turned around to talk to the students on the table behind me and when I turned back my phone had gone.

“The tracker is a free application I had set up.

"You log into the account and activate the service, and using the GPS in the phone it tells you where it is.

“One of my mates Nick Crisp watched it on the map on his phone and me and Alex went out to track it down.

“We saw a man ahead and ended up running after him for about half a mile.”

Throughout the chase Nick shouted instructions down the phone to Alex.

James picked up the pace, dashed through a subway and jumped on a departing bus in Grosvenor Street just after the man.

The former Habergham High School pupil said: “I got on the bus after him and said 'you've got my phone, haven't you?'.

"But he said 'no' and showed me two of his pockets again.

“The bus driver said 'we're not going anywhere until you prove you haven't got his phone’.

“I was out of breath because I'd just run all the way up the street, but I blocked the door and the bus driver said he wouldn't move.

“Finally the guy said 'here you go' and gave me it back, but he didn't say sorry or anything like that, he just got off the bus and walked away.”

The bus driver told James the vehicle was covered by CCTV and to ring the police.

However, by coincidence, parked behind the bus was a parked police van.

After James had a quick word with two officers, they followed the man and arrested him just around the corner.

James, who is an aerospace engineering student, said he was just relieved to have his phone back, and grateful the technology had made it possible.

He said: “I doubt many people get their phone back that quickly when it's stolen.

"I would have been pretty lost without my phone.”

A GMP spokesman said a man had been charged in connection with the theft and three other counts of burglary.

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12:54pm Wed 23 Mar 11

gudari says...

Well done sunbeam!! Glad you got your phone back and the slimeball was arrested!!
Well done sunbeam!! Glad you got your phone back and the slimeball was arrested!! gudari
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1:52pm Wed 23 Mar 11

BwDouble says...

At last! A practical use for i phones, catching criminals who would have thought?
At last! A practical use for i phones, catching criminals who would have thought? BwDouble
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2:04pm Wed 23 Mar 11

cdog says...

im on dragons den with this app next month. iv created a device from an iphone, car keys, and sellotape, that prevents you from ever losing your car keys again.
im on dragons den with this app next month. iv created a device from an iphone, car keys, and sellotape, that prevents you from ever losing your car keys again. cdog
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2:14pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Manuel Hung says...

A student with an iphone 4.
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So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on?
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Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?
A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place? Manuel Hung
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2:32pm Wed 23 Mar 11

cdog says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
A student with an iphone 4.
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So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on?
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Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?
so because hes a student he shouldnt have an iphone?

and because he has one that can only mean hes spent his ema grant on it?

and all students have been demonstrating through london have they?

i think you've been in the sunshine too long
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?[/p][/quote]so because hes a student he shouldnt have an iphone? and because he has one that can only mean hes spent his ema grant on it? and all students have been demonstrating through london have they? i think you've been in the sunshine too long cdog
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3:28pm Wed 23 Mar 11

BwDouble says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?
Dear Sun Reader

Maybe you should go back to college to learn about student life.
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?[/p][/quote]Dear Sun Reader Maybe you should go back to college to learn about student life. BwDouble
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3:36pm Wed 23 Mar 11

useyourhead says...

well done fella, and good to see he was charged, too many times we see a criminal and evidence given to the police only for them to decide it isn't worth pursuing.
well done fella, and good to see he was charged, too many times we see a criminal and evidence given to the police only for them to decide it isn't worth pursuing. useyourhead
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4:38pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Izanears says...

cdog wrote:
im on dragons den with this app next month. iv created a device from an iphone, car keys, and sellotape, that prevents you from ever losing your car keys again.
I am on Dragons Den next month with a brain implant that stops people from leaving mobile phones, particularly expensive ones, lying around on desks etc etc. It will also include an add on for ladies who leave open handbags on the front seat of their car.
[quote][p][bold]cdog[/bold] wrote: im on dragons den with this app next month. iv created a device from an iphone, car keys, and sellotape, that prevents you from ever losing your car keys again.[/p][/quote]I am on Dragons Den next month with a brain implant that stops people from leaving mobile phones, particularly expensive ones, lying around on desks etc etc. It will also include an add on for ladies who leave open handbags on the front seat of their car. Izanears
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4:43pm Wed 23 Mar 11

colnelad says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?
oi little b@llocks sounds like your **** off cos you hav'nt even got a mobile....
at least james bird has bigger balls than you....;-)



well done mate.
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?[/p][/quote]oi little b@llocks sounds like your **** off cos you hav'nt even got a mobile.... at least james bird has bigger balls than you....;-) well done mate. colnelad
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4:44pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Truth will out says...

When you read of all the scumbags on here thank God that for once something went right.

Just a pity the thief wasn't detained until the police arrived or better still given a slap.
When you read of all the scumbags on here thank God that for once something went right. Just a pity the thief wasn't detained until the police arrived or better still given a slap. Truth will out
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4:44pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Truth will out says...

When you read of all the scumbags on here thank God that for once something went right.

Just a pity the thief wasn't detained until the police arrived or better still given a slap.
When you read of all the scumbags on here thank God that for once something went right. Just a pity the thief wasn't detained until the police arrived or better still given a slap. Truth will out
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4:47pm Wed 23 Mar 11

colnelad says...

Izanears wrote:
cdog wrote: im on dragons den with this app next month. iv created a device from an iphone, car keys, and sellotape, that prevents you from ever losing your car keys again.
I am on Dragons Den next month with a brain implant that stops people from leaving mobile phones, particularly expensive ones, lying around on desks etc etc. It will also include an add on for ladies who leave open handbags on the front seat of their car.
yeh but thieves will always be thieves and if they want it they will take it....
scum bags, at least this thief did'nt attack james.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cdog[/bold] wrote: im on dragons den with this app next month. iv created a device from an iphone, car keys, and sellotape, that prevents you from ever losing your car keys again.[/p][/quote]I am on Dragons Den next month with a brain implant that stops people from leaving mobile phones, particularly expensive ones, lying around on desks etc etc. It will also include an add on for ladies who leave open handbags on the front seat of their car.[/p][/quote]yeh but thieves will always be thieves and if they want it they will take it.... scum bags, at least this thief did'nt attack james. colnelad
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5:13pm Wed 23 Mar 11

happycyclist says...

Good news for a change, and with the luck on the right side of the law. Well done to the bus driver, too.
Good news for a change, and with the luck on the right side of the law. Well done to the bus driver, too. happycyclist
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5:21pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Stone Island says...

Truth will out wrote:
When you read of all the scumbags on here thank God that for once something went right. Just a pity the thief wasn't detained until the police arrived or better still given a slap.
The article states that the thief was apprehended by the police shortly afterwards.
[quote][p][bold]Truth will out[/bold] wrote: When you read of all the scumbags on here thank God that for once something went right. Just a pity the thief wasn't detained until the police arrived or better still given a slap.[/p][/quote]The article states that the thief was apprehended by the police shortly afterwards. Stone Island
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5:28pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Stone Island says...

Well done to the young man, for showing intelligence and courage in tracking the thieving b'stard down.
Is the LT sure he's from Burnley?
Well done to the young man, for showing intelligence and courage in tracking the thieving b'stard down. Is the LT sure he's from Burnley? Stone Island
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5:35pm Wed 23 Mar 11

stupidisasstupiddoes says...

You cant be serious???? Get in touch with reality RATHER THAN THE OLD SCHOOL OPINIONS UR GREAT GRANDPARENTS HAD YOU CLOWN!!!!
You cant be serious???? Get in touch with reality RATHER THAN THE OLD SCHOOL OPINIONS UR GREAT GRANDPARENTS HAD YOU CLOWN!!!! stupidisasstupiddoes
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5:38pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Chris P Bacon says...

Stone Island wrote:
Well done to the young man, for showing intelligence and courage in tracking the thieving b'stard down.
Is the LT sure he's from Burnley?
Well it's obvious he isn't a Grintwum, isn't it. He looks clean and so therefore couldn't have been a soap-dodger. That rules your hovel right out the picture, eh.
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island[/bold] wrote: Well done to the young man, for showing intelligence and courage in tracking the thieving b'stard down. Is the LT sure he's from Burnley?[/p][/quote]Well it's obvious he isn't a Grintwum, isn't it. He looks clean and so therefore couldn't have been a soap-dodger. That rules your hovel right out the picture, eh. Chris P Bacon
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6:00pm Wed 23 Mar 11

happycyclist says...

Stone Island wrote:
Well done to the young man, for showing intelligence and courage in tracking the thieving b'stard down.
Is the LT sure he's from Burnley?
Ha ha
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island[/bold] wrote: Well done to the young man, for showing intelligence and courage in tracking the thieving b'stard down. Is the LT sure he's from Burnley?[/p][/quote]Ha ha happycyclist
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6:01pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Phuck Mei Banjina says...

LOL you tell em Chris ! Grintwum HaHa. I have a Blackberry and if its ever stolen I just enter a password on my PC the phone tells me where it is and locks out the thief, also lets out a shrill screech no matter how many times the battery is taken out or reinserted. Basically makes the phone dead... until retrieved. Well done James dude ;)
LOL you tell em Chris ! Grintwum HaHa. I have a Blackberry and if its ever stolen I just enter a password on my PC the phone tells me where it is and locks out the thief, also lets out a shrill screech no matter how many times the battery is taken out or reinserted. Basically makes the phone dead... until retrieved. Well done James dude ;) Phuck Mei Banjina
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6:05pm Wed 23 Mar 11

colnelad says...

happycyclist wrote:
Stone Island wrote: Well done to the young man, for showing intelligence and courage in tracking the thieving b'stard down. Is the LT sure he's from Burnley?
Ha ha
heard the chavvy thief came from b/burn ;-0
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stone Island[/bold] wrote: Well done to the young man, for showing intelligence and courage in tracking the thieving b'stard down. Is the LT sure he's from Burnley?[/p][/quote]Ha ha[/p][/quote]heard the chavvy thief came from b/burn ;-0 colnelad
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6:10pm Wed 23 Mar 11

colnelad says...

Phuck Mei Banjina wrote:
LOL you tell em Chris ! Grintwum HaHa. I have a Blackberry and if its ever stolen I just enter a password on my PC the phone tells me where it is and locks out the thief, also lets out a shrill screech no matter how many times the battery is taken out or reinserted. Basically makes the phone dead... until retrieved. Well done James dude ;)
my phones a brick and programmed to launch it-self at any thieving git who tries nicking it ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Phuck Mei Banjina[/bold] wrote: LOL you tell em Chris ! Grintwum HaHa. I have a Blackberry and if its ever stolen I just enter a password on my PC the phone tells me where it is and locks out the thief, also lets out a shrill screech no matter how many times the battery is taken out or reinserted. Basically makes the phone dead... until retrieved. Well done James dude ;)[/p][/quote]my phones a brick and programmed to launch it-self at any thieving git who tries nicking it ;-) colnelad
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6:36pm Wed 23 Mar 11

ste.g says...

good story and good result.well done james.
good story and good result.well done james. ste.g
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6:37pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Phuck Mei Banjina says...

colnelad wrote:
Phuck Mei Banjina wrote: LOL you tell em Chris ! Grintwum HaHa. I have a Blackberry and if its ever stolen I just enter a password on my PC the phone tells me where it is and locks out the thief, also lets out a shrill screech no matter how many times the battery is taken out or reinserted. Basically makes the phone dead... until retrieved. Well done James dude ;)
my phones a brick and programmed to launch it-self at any thieving git who tries nicking it ;-)
LOL too right dude. Personally I would of knocked him out cold, then searched him Aha ;)) what a sad state of affairs when you can't leave anything for one second and without worrying it won't be pinched. Viva La Revolution !
[quote][p][bold]colnelad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phuck Mei Banjina[/bold] wrote: LOL you tell em Chris ! Grintwum HaHa. I have a Blackberry and if its ever stolen I just enter a password on my PC the phone tells me where it is and locks out the thief, also lets out a shrill screech no matter how many times the battery is taken out or reinserted. Basically makes the phone dead... until retrieved. Well done James dude ;)[/p][/quote]my phones a brick and programmed to launch it-self at any thieving git who tries nicking it ;-)[/p][/quote]LOL too right dude. Personally I would of knocked him out cold, then searched him Aha ;)) what a sad state of affairs when you can't leave anything for one second and without worrying it won't be pinched. Viva La Revolution ! Phuck Mei Banjina
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7:36pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Manuel Hung says...

cdog wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote: A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?
so because hes a student he shouldnt have an iphone? and because he has one that can only mean hes spent his ema grant on it? and all students have been demonstrating through london have they? i think you've been in the sunshine too long
YES
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YES
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YES
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NO
[quote][p][bold]cdog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?[/p][/quote]so because hes a student he shouldnt have an iphone? and because he has one that can only mean hes spent his ema grant on it? and all students have been demonstrating through london have they? i think you've been in the sunshine too long[/p][/quote]YES . YES . YES & NO Manuel Hung
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7:38pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Manuel Hung says...

colnelad wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote: A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?
oi little b@llocks sounds like your **** off cos you hav'nt even got a mobile.... at least james bird has bigger balls than you....;-) well done mate.
And you would know eh lad?
.
Do they bang against your chin when you are sorting him out?
[quote][p][bold]colnelad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?[/p][/quote]oi little b@llocks sounds like your **** off cos you hav'nt even got a mobile.... at least james bird has bigger balls than you....;-) well done mate.[/p][/quote]And you would know eh lad? . Do they bang against your chin when you are sorting him out? Manuel Hung
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8:48pm Wed 23 Mar 11

colnelad says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
colnelad wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote: A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?
oi little b@llocks sounds like your **** off cos you hav'nt even got a mobile.... at least james bird has bigger balls than you....;-) well done mate.
And you would know eh lad? . Do they bang against your chin when you are sorting him out?
now now mh
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]colnelad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: A student with an iphone 4. . So this is what the E.M.A grant and all my other taxes are being spent on? . Little wonder then that they have all been demonstrating through London and wrecking the place?[/p][/quote]oi little b@llocks sounds like your **** off cos you hav'nt even got a mobile.... at least james bird has bigger balls than you....;-) well done mate.[/p][/quote]And you would know eh lad? . Do they bang against your chin when you are sorting him out?[/p][/quote]now now mh colnelad
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10:12pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Heretical says...

Can I just add that the app he used can be set up for ipod touch as well.....slight problem though,according to the GPS tracker my ipod is 2 roads away from me and not 2 feet so it's not infallible.......
And to Mr or Ms Hung he's at Manchester Uni so no EMA, just a very large debt instead so don't worry about your taxes.
Can I just add that the app he used can be set up for ipod touch as well.....slight problem though,according to the GPS tracker my ipod is 2 roads away from me and not 2 feet so it's not infallible....... And to Mr or Ms Hung he's at Manchester Uni so no EMA, just a very large debt instead so don't worry about your taxes. Heretical
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10:18pm Wed 23 Mar 11

Lifeinthemix says...

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7:52am Thu 24 Mar 11

RAyzer says...

how many folk left phones in taxis,and amazingly the driver never finds them???the t-leafs times run out now.....
how many folk left phones in taxis,and amazingly the driver never finds them???the t-leafs times run out now..... RAyzer
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7:53am Thu 24 Mar 11

mys says...

Manuel hung,you sound like a very sad,bitter person,are you jealous or something because your too thick to go to uni,were in the 21st centuary for god sake,james like many other students dont live of your taxes as you put it,the lads making a future for himself,WITH AN i PHONE ha ha,well done james glad you didnt get hurt by the scum bag.
Manuel hung,you sound like a very sad,bitter person,are you jealous or something because your too thick to go to uni,were in the 21st centuary for god sake,james like many other students dont live of your taxes as you put it,the lads making a future for himself,WITH AN i PHONE ha ha,well done james glad you didnt get hurt by the scum bag. mys
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2:03pm Thu 24 Mar 11

jinkyjase says...

Android phone users, like myself, can find a similar app through the market.
Android phone users, like myself, can find a similar app through the market. jinkyjase
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4:30pm Thu 24 Mar 11

noddy57 says...

well done young man,there are too many scroats out there who are constantly on the lookout for opportunitys like the one you gave the thieving towrags,,society is breeding this scum like there,s no tomorrow,,be vigilent and trust no-one,,you wont go far wrong,sometimes technology does have its good points,, this story proves it,,,
well done young man,there are too many scroats out there who are constantly on the lookout for opportunitys like the one you gave the thieving towrags,,society is breeding this scum like there,s no tomorrow,,be vigilent and trust no-one,,you wont go far wrong,sometimes technology does have its good points,, this story proves it,,, noddy57
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5:00pm Thu 24 Mar 11

shimmy says...

Very well done James
Very well done James shimmy
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7:50pm Sun 27 Mar 11

CliveE says...

it is good that he got it back.
However,he should not have left it lying about in a place that is so easy to steal from.My phone is always in my shirt pocket or jeans pocket.I ner put it downand it cost nowhere near 500 quid.Could the thief have turned it off to stop it being tracked?I am not expert on these things.
it is good that he got it back. However,he should not have left it lying about in a place that is so easy to steal from.My phone is always in my shirt pocket or jeans pocket.I ner put it downand it cost nowhere near 500 quid.Could the thief have turned it off to stop it being tracked?I am not expert on these things. CliveE
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