Upper Darby Police Use Technology To Nab Robbery Suspect

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) – Police in Upper Darby were able to make a high-tech arrest by utilizing technology inside the same cell phone that a suspect had stolen from a homeowner.

The incident began when suspect Tyrell Booker allegedly broke into a home on Lamport Road at about 4 a.m. Monday and stood over the bed of the frightened victim.

Investigators say Booker forced his way into home and stole the victim’s cell phone before fleeing.

Unbeknownst to Booker, the cell phone was equipped with a Lookout GPS tracking device.

Approximately an hour after the robbery, the victim and investigators used laptops to track down Booker inside a home where he was hiding.

“We actually followed the phone to the house where the guy that committed the crime lived,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.

The victim eventually recovered her phone and several other stolen items.

“I’m kind of happy that he took the phone, believe it not, or he wouldn’t have been caught,” said the victim, who was asked to not be identified.

Reported By: Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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  • Aunt Bee

    “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” ~ Mario Andretti


  • Anonymous


    Actually, here in AZ you no longer need a concealed weapon permit. Adds a bit of a bonus chuckle seeing the look on their faces when you pull it out…

    January 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I know….and I’m loving it. LOL Like the song goes: ‘My home is protected by God and Guns!”

  • http://grizzys.wordpress.com chipgiii

    Maybe he was unaware of the 14.99 go phones at walmart.

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  • Pogue Mahone

    Wow, that photo looks like some sort of wild and dangerous animal! It’s time to remove these animals from our society so innocent people can exist without fear all the time! No society should have to put up with this all the time!

    • Oxeon54

      Sounds like a really good idea to me. Lets start with a manitory permit before you and make love to you wife (husband), lets say $1000 fee, then lets make adultery illegal to force people into paying the fee. Check Current Assets and Liquid Assets to make sure you can afford a baby, be employed full time for at least 10 years earning 40K or more, college grad, have a psycho test to weed out the sick people, no divorcey’s or people who had abortions accepted, have to be a regular church goer, doesn’t matter where. Have experience raising children, no domestic abuse claims against you. If everybody could meet all these requirements then we wouldn’t have social trash would we.

      • Lea C.

        Sounds great! You gotta admit, something is really wrong when you have to prove to be responsible enough to adopt an animal from the shelter but anyone is free to breed.

      • mowfaux

        Even with those requirements, there would be “social trash”.

  • hard2say

    Android > iPhone

    On topic – The image above is of an Android device.

  • George T.

    Atavistic, unintelligent thug, meet 21st century technology.

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  • tpcnet

    So supposing this guy voted who do you think he voted for? McCain??
    I’m going to guess he voted for Obama. Obama doesn’t have anything to do with this guy comitting the crime but this criminal and a bunch of others have somthing to do with Obama being where he is. Of course the Republican party is just as responsible for Obama being president as they ran McCain against him. Wake up people, they are all fools racing for big government. Go take “the worlds shortest political quiz” and see where you really are alligned. You might be surprised.

    • mowfaux

      What a useless comment.

  • PoliticalJohn

    If they can find him, they can find you.

    • Doctor Free

      Exactly! Disable GPS at all times…except when you can’t find the Chinese restaurant.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree. What does Obama have to do with these articles? It never fails.

    • sailordude

      He voted for him along with 99% of all other black voters!

  • Anonymous

    I go through Sprint and my phone comes with the GPS already on it. And it’s not an iPhone nor a Droid.

  • Cynic

    Poor Tyrell – just trying to save the taxpayers by redistributing wealth without the govt layer added in.

  • bill

    (Sing along to the bedroom intruder song).
    Hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your husband because they breaking in everywhere round here! (giggle)

  • joee

    A dummy left behind!

  • Bob

    His mother failed him when she named him Tyrell. I have never met or heard of anyone with a name like this who doesn’t end up in jail. Btw-Here in Arizona, he would’ve been shot, repeatedly, by several family members, before he got 10 feet into the home.

    • Anonymous

      As a fellow Tucsonian, I love our way of doing things. I wear my side arm everywhere I go. Don’t need to, just like having it with me. You see, out here, we can carry our firearms as long as they are visible. And if we shoot intruders who might decide to chance coming in ‘un-invited’, well, we don’t go to jail because we exercise the right to protect what’s ours. Anybody for a cuppa tea?

      • hard2say

        Actually, here in AZ you no longer need a concealed weapon permit. Adds a bit of a bonus chuckle seeing the look on their faces when you pull it out…

  • Harold

    Well, I’ll be darned. A black thief.

  • walter12

    Criminals out here in Montana do not break into people’s homes when someone is home. It is just not done in Montana, and why you may ask. It is because the criminal will be shot dead by the homeowner or resident. Contrary to your Marxist/Socialist, Stalinist way of life in Phily, the law-abiding citizens of Montana are armed to the teeth.

    • Lou Gots

      You don’t know Pennsylvanians very well. This is the big RKBA state east of the Mississippi.. We have shall-issue carry papers and strong state preemption. Would-be carjackers and home invaders are shot all the time, an good shoots are rarely prosecuted. This isn’t New Jersey..

    • born_2b_different

      Are you kidding me? No guns in Philly? Reaearch before you post. Guess you folks in Montana aren’t the sharpest pencils in the box.

      • ManOnPoint

        Are YOU kidding ME??? In Philly they’re all ILLEGAL!!! Here in FL ours are all LEGAL!!! Maybe YOU aren’t the sharpest pencils in the box. YES, we are all armed to the teeth, too!!!

  • Guess Who

    These stone age savages have no way of coping with our juju.

  • pynaetlb

    If she’d had a gun she could have saved her fellow citizens a lot of money.

  • Toxic Avenger

    Another Obama supporter behind bars. Now this is CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

    • Anonymous

      Toxic, just for the record, not ALL Blacks voted for Obama. I never even heard of him until about 5 or 6 months before the election. And McCain’s campaign was too raggedy and desperate. So, there you have it. I didn’t vote for a President. I did, however, vote for individuals in both Parties because I believe in what they stood for. But, I’ll tell you what. If Hillary had stayed in the race, I would have voted for her.

    • JustMe

      What does Obama have to do with this?

  • JustMe

    I’m glad they caught the guy, and I’m glad no one was hurt. Good job UDPD.

  • Hank Warren

    Diversity and the crime it brings, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  • Don

    I thought the public schools taught him better…

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