Robbers who escaped police arrest several times, but their whereabouts are exposed because of AirTag

A robbery at gunpoint recently took place in a store on the 100th block of Northwest Broadway in Portland, Oregon. The suspect, armed with a gun, demanded money from the store staff and stole the victim's mobile phone and wallet. After the incident, the police tracked the mobile phone and locked the suspect's hiding area in the area of ​​Southwest Third Avenue and Southwest Pine Street.

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After checking the surveillance cameras, the police found that the suspect entered the hotel "Embassy Suites Hotel" and then left. Later, the hotel staff informed the police that the suspect had returned to the hotel, so the police planned to make an arrest there.

Just as police tried to approach the suspect in the hotel, he disappeared and the fire alarm was activated shortly after. During a subsequent search, police found a fake handgun in the fire escape, and a guest told him that items he had left in the room had been taken.

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The suspect who escaped arrest made the police's case handling seem to be at a bottleneck, but unexpectedly the suspect began to "expose himself" because of the backpack he stole. The owner of the backpack told police the "unique" backpack had an AirTag attached.

So, following the smart tracker in the backpack, the police found the suspect with the backpack somewhere in North Portland. Although he escaped when trying to make an arrest, he was finally tracked to 5800 North Minnesota Avenue. block and successfully captured it. After his arrest, the suspect, Justin Johnston, was charged with second-degree robbery and first-degree theft.

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The arrest process from the hotel seems to be twists and turns, but fortunately, with the AirTag in the backpack, the police can quickly locate the suspect. In fact, this is not the first time that AirTag has made "contributions" to the police in the process of handling a case. The police have also used AirTag's positioning function to recover stolen vehicles.

On top of that, a total of about $7,000 worth of items, including photographic equipment, was stolen while Graham Tait was on holiday in Australia a few months ago. Since he had AirTags in his backpack, he also recovered the lost items after reporting the incident to the police.

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Apple AirTag, a compact smart tracker, was originally designed to allow users to use it and Apple's "Find My" function to better manage and find their belongings, but after the product was launched, its tracking function also became a double-edged sword.

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Although the police can use it to grasp the location information of suspects or items involved, there have been many cases of criminals using AirTag for car theft, tracking and surveillance. Therefore, cracking down on this illegal tracking has also become a top priority.

To this end, Apple has also prepared a series of updates for AirTag, enabling users to more easily discover unknown AirTags around them and other functions. On the other hand, more than a dozen states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey, also have bills or regulations against electronic tracking.

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AirTag is sometimes used as an "accomplice", but the technology is not right or wrong. It is people with ulterior motives who are wrong. I hope that with more restrictive provisions and anti-tracking measures, AirTag can better complete its "job". Manage and find items for the owner.

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