Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 --- 12:57 p.m.
Madison Police a tech-savvy theft victim used tracking software to find his lost phone, along with the man accused of taking it.
The 20-year-old man got off of a bus Tuesday afternoon at the West Transfer Point. He realized he had left his iPhone inside so he boarded the bus again to look for it. He couldn't find it and asked other passengers if they had seen it. None said they had.
Several hours later, the man used the tracking software and determined the phone was currently in the liquor department of the Copps on S. Whitney Way.
He arrived there to find a man who had been on the bus with him. The theft victim and a friend tried to ask the man nicely about the phone, but the suspect reportedly became enraged. Outside of the store, he allegedly clenched his fists and threatened to hit the victim and his friend.
They called police as they watched the suspect get on a bus. Officers tracked him down, and arrested 31-year-old Jesse Howe. The victim got his iPhone back.