2012-04-19 / Front Page
Technology leads police officers to stolen iPad, suspect in Jackson
JACKSON — The victim of a recent burglary used a high-tech solution to help Jackson police not only locate his stolen iPad, but also the young man who allegedly pilfered the tablet computer.
At about 5:30 p.m. April 4, Officer John Pejoski arrived at a home on Quaker Hill Road after a burglary and theft were reported. Police said the resident told the officer that a number of personal belongings, including an iPad, had been stolen.
What happened next, police said, was a stroke of technological good fortune, as the victim was able to use an Apple service called Find My iPad to determine that the device was being used in another part of Jackson.
Find My iPad is a free application that helps individuals locate their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac computer by using GPS or wireless Internet signals to pinpoint an item’s general location.
“[FindMy iPad] is a good app. We actually had another investigation with a different iPad that tracked it,” Jackson Detective Sgt. Denis Campbell told the Tri-Town News. “It is a valuable tool that can help people find their missing property.”
The service also allows users to remotely wipe sensitive data from a stolen device .
According to Campbell, there are other tracking services available that can assist authorities in locating stolen property.
“When the computer is turned on and activated to the Internet, the laptop sends a signal to the [tracking] company and the local police department is alerted,” Campbell said of one such service.
Police were able to use the information gathered by the Find My iPad application to find the house where the stolen iPad was being used.
Police said an individual identified as John Buono II, 19, of Jackson, was seen by officers with the iPad when they arrived to investigate. Buono was placed under arrest a short time later.
In addition to the iPad, items including loose change and toys were located and returned to the resident of Quaker Hill Road.
Buono was charged with burglary and theft in connection with the Quaker Hill Road incident. Bail was set at $25,000 with no 10 percent option, and Buono was placed in the Ocean County Jail, Toms River.
Police said Buono is believed to have been involved in numerous other reported burglaries, including the theft of an all-terrain vehicle.