At around 2am on Monday 5 May 2014, a 28-year-old woman was carrying drinks in a club on Bloom Street when her path was blocked by a couple embracing. As she tried to get past them, her mobile phone was taken from her handbag. It was only later that she realised it had been stolen.
She later logged into find my iPhone, tracking the device and called the police. The police control room took over the track and led officers to a vehicle where they recovered a stolen phone and arrested two men aged 23 and 48, and two women aged 18 and 45.
A second iPhone stolen from the same club was then tracked by police to a nearby address where officers arrested another man aged 30.
All were arrested on suspicion of theft and have been bailed until 4 June 2014.
Sergeant Jon Middleton from Operation Network, set up by Greater Manchester Police to combat this type of crime, is encouraging the public to make sure they have a tracking app on their phone Thanks to find my iPhone, we were able to track these two stolen phones and make five arrests.
"Smartphones are worth lot of money to criminals. Help us catch the people who steal them by making sure you have a tracking app on your phone, that is turned on and you know your log in username and password.
iPhone and iPad owners should make sure they have activated their find my iPhone app by going to Settings – iCloud and then toggle on Find my iPhone.
Samsung owners should create a Samsung account and activate the find my mobile app on their phone by going to security – find my mobile- remote controls and then follow the instructions.
"It also helps us to recover your phone and bring offenders to justice if you spend five minutes to register ownership on immobilise.com"
Anyone with information about mobile phone theft or the sale of stolen goods should contact their local Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.