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.READ MORE: Teammates, Coaches Hold Emotional Vigil For Tyler Norton, Boy Killed In Pottstown House Fire
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.READ MORE: Veterans Transform Historic Train Station Into 'Incredibly Special' Cafe In Radnor Township
“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.
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