August 30, 2009

Man tracks own cell phone after robbery

A man helped police catch the men who robbed him in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh by tracking them with his cell phone's GPS, police said.

Police didn't identify the victim, but said he claimed two men approached him at about 1 a.m. Saturday and demanded his wallet and the PIN number for his credit cards. He said one of the men had what may have been a handgun, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday.

The man gave the robbers his wallet, PIN number and his iPhone, and then ran away.

He used his computer to track the iPhone to a North Versailles address where police detained the suspects and found a black pellet gun, stolen identification, credit cards and cash.

Police will charge Bryant Rather, 22, Brent Ray Potter, 22, and Myron Knox Jr., 22, with two counts each of access device fraud, conspiracy, receiving stolen property and possessing instruments of crime. They will charge Rather and Potter with robbery.