Man Tracks Down Thief With Help Of Cell Phone WiFi


A Nashville, Tennessee, man was able to use the WiFi network on his cellphone to track down a burglar who had stolen his PlayStation 4 video game console.

According to a police affidavit, the man returned home from a vacation sometime in early March to find his apartment burglarized, Fox 17 reported. The man's PlayStation 4 console was missing, along with two televisions, a laptop, a tablet and various other items.

A few days later, the victim's cell phone alerted him to the fact that his PlayStation, which was still connected to the WiFi network on his phone, had just been switched on.

Knowing that the console had to be plugged in somewhere nearby, the man called police and told them that he believed his neighbor across the hall, Phillip Booker, was responsible for the burglary.

Police found the victim's PlayStation and laptop after searching Booker's home. They also discovered marijuana in the suspect's apartment.  

Booker has been charged with aggravated burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

When questioned by police, he admitted to "shouldering" open his neighbor's door and stealing the items. He said he pawned the two televisions and tablet.

Household burglary occurred at a rate of 27.6 victimizations per 1,000 households in the U.S. in 2011, according to data reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In the same year, about 34 percent of household burglaries involved the theft of an electronic device or household appliance. 

Sources: Fox 17, Bureau of Justice Statistics / Photo Credit: Police photo via Fox 17, Tech Fresh

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