Several cars burglarized in Bonita
The Lee County Sheriff's Office is working several car burglaries in Bonita Springs. A GPS tracking app on one victim's iPhone could help solve the crimes. Video by fox4now.comvideo
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - For 34-year-old David Webb, it was a routine evening at New Image Fitness until his iPhone and wallet vanished.
"Immediately my heart sank," said Webb, of Naples. "I was freaked out."
Around 9 p.m. Monday, the environmental teacher had just finished his workout in Bonita Springs, when he returned to his new, black Honda to find the window busted.
"I became angry," explained Webb. "I work really hard and that somebody would just come and bust my window in and steal these things out of my car."
But Webb wasn't the only victim. He says four other cars were burglarized in the parking lot and two more at nearby LA Fitness, about one-mile away.
"Another girl was missing her purse and her iPod and a guy was missing his wallet," added Webb.
He immediately called 911. When a deputy arrived, Webb pulled up the Find My iPhone app on his other phone. He says what he saw was astounding.
"It showed them walking with my phone at a nearby hotel from the pool into a hotel room," described Webb, as he showed Fox 4 the screen shot.
Webb says detectives are investigating and following this lead. They say GPS tracking apps can be crucial to stopping thieves.
"Sometimes it can make the difference between you getting your property back and us catching the bad guy and you not getting your property back and probably having to be out hundreds of dollars," said Stacey Payne, the community relations manger for the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
A wise download by Webb, as he waits for deputies to recover his missing items.
"It at least showed where the phone was," concluded Webb.
Authorities are asking for your help. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000 is possible