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'Find my iPhone' app leads Croxley Green burglary victim to stolen items
A pair of alleged burglars from Croxley Green were arrested after one of their 'victims' tracked his stolen iPad to their home half an hour after it and other items had been snatched in a burglary.
The victim, who did not want to be named, had been asleep with his partner and their five-week-old baby at around 4am on Saturday morning (August 17) in their home in New Road, Croxley Green when burglars broke in through the kitchen window.
As well as the tablet, they stole mobile phones, a digital camera, chargers and a suitcase containing baby clothes and a breast pump.
The keys to the victim’s BMW were also taken although the car was left on the drive.
The quick-thinking victim drove after the burglars while his partner used the Find My iPhone app to direct him to a house on nearby Baldwins Lane. Police were also directed to the same address.
A search of the house uncovered the rest of the items taken in the burglary and items reported stolen in another burglary.
The victim said: "We had just come back from a break in Birmingham and we had left quite a lot of stuff in the front room.
"My partner woke up at around 4am and went downstairs where she found the door was open.
"They obviously knew what they were taking, I think they use walking their dog as a cover to check out houses.
"I was out in the car straight away and my partner tracked them to Baldwins Lane, when I got there it was the only house on the street with the lights still on."
A man was seen leaving the address at around 4.30am, he was stopped and searched by police who found the stolen car keys on him.
"They said they didn’t really have the grounds to go into the property but just then the man walked out holding my keys.
"He came out and very quickly noticed me standing beside my car.
"Within 60 seconds they had arrested him and they found ours and other people’s property in the house."
The victim added: "Recently a lot of people have seen a lady walking a dog at around 1.30am and looking through people’s windows."
A police spokesman said: "Police would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area between 1am and 3am and believes they saw a man or a woman walking a Staffordshire Terrier, or similar type of dog.
"Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Adam Bridges via the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference C2131599."
A man and a woman from Croxley Green were arrested in connection with the burglary on Saturday morning and another in New Road between Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10.
They have been bailed and are due to return on September 18.