iPhones have GPS tracking devices, and a 20-year-old Somerville man learned that lesson the hard way, according to accounts in Somerville police reports.
According to the reports, a woman was walking home from the bus stop July 15 a little before 12:30 a.m. when a young man asked her for the time. When she pulled out her iPhone to check, the man snatched the phone from her and ran off down Bonnair Street toward Cross Street, the report says.
The woman called police, met them at the , and when they arrived she told them her iPhone's GPS locator was enabled, according to the report.
Police were soon able to determine the phone was located inside one of two Otis Street homes.
Later, a detective assigned to the case went to 14 Otis Street, where the GPS tracker said the phone was, according to the report.
There, he encountered 20-year Ibrahim Muhammad, the report says.
The detective asked Muhammad why the GPS tracking system showed there was a stolen iPhone at his residence, and during the conversation Muhammad "suddenly bolted from the dwelling on foot," according to the report.
The report says Muhammad jumped over about five fences and ended up on Everett Avenue.
"At this time, Ibrahim Muhammad was merely a person of interest in this robbery, due to his physical description and the aforementioned GPS reading, but he was not a suspect," the report says.
"Therefore," it continues, "[we] followed him but did not chase him."
Lack of chase didn't stop Muhammad from running, according to the report.
The report says that after jumping the fences, he stole a bicycle off a front porch, then dumped the bike, ran into someone's driveway, climbed an eight-foot-high fence, jumped into a back yard and, in doing so, broke his leg.
Officers arrested Muhammad and transported him to Cambridge Hospital. The victim told police it was the same person who snatched her iPhone, the report says.
Please remember that allegations contained in police reports do not indicate a conviction.