NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — They don’t call them smart phones for nothing.

An iPhone snatched from a woman shopping at a midtown Manhattan department store was recovered via the phone’s tracking system.

Police said the 24-year-old woman was sitting near the entrance of the Tuci Italia store on Sixth Avenue around 7 p.m. Thursday when a man armed with a handgun grabbed her phone and fled.

Police searched the area but came up empty.

That’s when Police Officer Robert Garland asked for the victim’s iTunes account and used Apple’s iCloud feature on his own device to track the phone’s location to a nearby intersection.

Police said when 40-year-old George Bradshaw walked past the officers, the victim’s phone began to beep.

Bradshaw has been charged with robbery and criminal possession of stolen property.

No weapon was recovered.

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Comments (2)
  1. doc in NJ says:

    great story guys. What’s the weather outside, also? Leave the feel-good stories to Nina – she has much better skill at that sort of thing.

    What happened to “give us 22 minutes and we’ll give you the world?” iPhone luck stories are NOT the world. Don’t give up your day jobs.

  2. Obamadinijad Hussein says:

    now do something with 7 million mooslime terrorists spawning in usa.

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