Written by Joseph Markman
A 17-year-old Milton girl got her iPhone back this past weekend with a little help from the Hingham police and Apple.
The teen, who works at the
Derby Street Shoppes, was there Sunday with her mother when she lost the phone, likely by leaving it atop their car.
They called police to report the lost or stolen phone and a responding
officer with help from Apple Store employees tracked it down later at
the home of a Weymouth man.
Turns out the man, a worker at one of the Derby Street shops, had found the phone while riding his bicycle
and said he planned to return it to the Apple Store the next day on his
way to work, Sgt. Steven Dearth said in a statement.
The phone owner said she would not press charges because the man intended to bring the phone back, Dearth said.
The officer and Apple employees used an app called "Find my iPhone," which uses the phone's GPS.
"The app showed it was in the area of an apartment complex on Pleasant St.
in South Weymouth," Dearth said. "The Officer asked the Apple store
employees if they could activate the noise alert feature but wait ten
minutes until they could arrive in the area.
requested assistance from the Weymouth Police and met Weymouth Police
Officer Regan Steverman at the apartment complex. As the Officers walked through the common hallways, they could hear the sound of the cell
"The Officers followed the pinging noise to a specific apartment. After several attempts to have someone answer the
door, a 62 year old man answered. The man said he had been asleep.
Officer Smith called again and asked them to again ping the phone.
"While speaking to the man, the Officers heard the pinging noise again inside
the apartment. The man then went to his jacket, removed the pinging
phone and gave it to Officers."