GPS technology helps track down “Apple Picker”

Posted Friday, September 13, 2013 --- 3:44 p.m.

Madison Police say GPS tracking technology helped track down a suspected “Apple Picker” Thursday afternoon.

Officers say the 17-year-old suspect convinced a 51-year-old man that he really needed to call his mother.

The victim was leery of the request but handed the phone over after persistence from the teen. The suspect faked like he was talking to his mom, but then took off running with the $750 iPhone.

The incident happened outside the West Towne Mall.

The victim and police worked with the manager of West Towne's Apple Store to track the stolen phone.

It showed up on a Google map as a green dot, and officers followed it as it moved.

It stopped in the 6700 block of Schroeder Rd.

That's where the phone was recovered and the suspect, Laron Bryson, was arrested.

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