iDetective: Gostkowski helped police find his stolen iPad

(Photo courtesy of Woonsocket Police)

WRENTHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — Crooks, listen up. You really have to use your head to put one over on Apple iOwners. That includes New England Patriots kicker and Super Bowl winner Stephen Gostkowski.

When Gostkowski’s iPad was stolen from his truck outside his Wrentham home in January, he helped police find it, according to court records acquired by the Attleboro Sun Chronicle.

See, when you tie an iDevice to an account on Apple’s iCloud service, any photo someone takes with it gets shared among your other devices. When a stranger took several photos of himself and they ended up in Gostkowski’s “My Photo Stream,” police merely had to find the man in the picture.

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) watches his field goal attempt clear the crossbar in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Oh, but Apple’s apps help do that too. Gostkowski simply had to fire up his iMac, iPhone or iBook and turn on the app called “Find My iPhone.” Any device you link to that sends out a signal of where it’s located using GPS technology.

After Gostkowski pinpointed the iPad’s location, a Wrentham and a Woonsocket police detective both went to the home of Ralphy Olivero, 19. “The suspect admitted to being involved in the motor vehicle break in Wrentham,” the Wrentham police said in a Facebook posting in January.

Olivero pleaded no contest to a charge of receiving stolen property in Rhode Island, and was sentenced to a year of probation; there’s a larceny charge pending for him in Massachusetts. He reportedly told police he’d bought the tablet computer for $50 from a buddy, the Sun Chronicle reported.

Today, a typical new Apple iPad Air starts at $399, minus bells and whistles. Tablet computers that run Android or other operating systems may be cheaper.

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