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App helps find stolen property, but police haven't made any arrests

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Thieves broke into a Phoenix home and took expensive electronics -- items like an iPad and even an iMac, but some of those items were linked to a special GPS tracking system -- one that led the victim and police directly to a home where some of her items were recovered.

The thieves who broke into Letisha Carrillo's south Phoenix home smashed a window to get in and ransacked the place.

"They were looking through drawers.. I think they were looking for money or jewelry," she said.

But they ended up mostly taking electronics, including three televisions, a PlayStation 3, her son's Nintendo DS, an iPad and her iMac computer.

"They were looking for high dollar, high priced items and they found them," said Carrillo.

Soon after the burglary, Carrillo fired up the tracking feature on her phone and a few hours later, her iMac's location popped up.  She called the police, they got a search warrant and recovered most of the stolen items, but by the time they got there, the iMac and some other items were already gone.

"I have no idea what they did with the rest of our stuff," she said.

Carrillo was expecting to see arrests the night of October 24th when this all happened, but so far, more than three weeks after the burglary, nobody has been arrested.

"We know that they had our items.  Stolen goods were in their home and I felt that someone needs to be held responsible for it," she said.

In the report, police say one of the people at home claimed a friend asked to store the items there.  Apparently at that time, detectives didn't have enough to arrest anyone.

"We have some information that may perhaps be misinformation that was provided to us and we are going to have to make this forensically," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos.

Martos says police are tracking down stolen property this way more often, but it doesn't always end with an arrest.

"That in itself may not be the end to an investigation.  It certainly does help though," he said.  "Each case stands on its own merits depending on how the incident occurs and if there is probable cause to make an arrest, we will certainly make one."

Luckily, Carrillo tells us police were able to get a fingerprint off her iMac's keyboard which was not stolen and may help lead to an arrest.

Since features like this one are become so common, authorities tell us that if you find yourself in this situation, call the police. Don't try to recover your stolen phone or computer on your own.

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