LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- iPad owners usually keep their prized possession close by at all times, but we all know life happens. Sometimes, you forget where you put your iPad or worse—someone steals it. Good news: there is an app for that. Bad news: it may not be enough to reunite you with your beloved device. News 3’s Mackenzie Warren explains.
Thieves broke into Brian and Jennie Dodd's Sun City Summerlin home Tuesday in the middle of the day and made off with precious documents, and more.
“A lot of computer stuff, electronics, our DVR hard drive,” lists Dodd. Also among the stolen goods: Jennie’s iPad. While struggling to sleep that night--it hit him. The iPad could lead them to their stolen stuff/
“I thought we can find them and where the heck our stuff is,” says Dodd. Find-My-iPad is a free app also available on the iPhone and iPod, customer just have to activate the software. Jennie credits her tech-savvy husband. “I didn't think of it. He did and I was so glad.”
Brian pulled up the app on his computer and tracked their missing iPad. Then he got on Google Earth to get a better look at its location. But the blinking dot on the map didn't lead them to a house. The Dodd’s were able to track the iPad to the Indian Hills apartment complex at 4550 W. Sahara and while they had a pretty good idea where their iPad was, the GPS wasn't quite precise enough to pinpoint the exact apartment.
“Then, I called Metro and told them where it was,” explains Dodd. “And they said, ‘unfortunately, we can't do very much with that information. Especially because it's in an apartment complex and we can't go knocking on doors and accusing them of stealing stuff,’” says Dodd. That answer wasn’t good enough.
“So, I said if you guys can't do anything—I’m certainly going to do something about it.” Dodd put flyers on cars at the apartment complex offering a $5,000 reward for the safe return of the stolen iPad and a laptop. Unlike Metro, last week in Manchester, Tennessee police there had no problem using the app when 8-year-old Landon Crabtree's house was robbed. “I mean, most everybody says that it really works so I just wanted to try it out," says Landon. So the fourth grader told the cops to check Find-My-iPad and it led police to the loot.
Not the same happy ending for the Dodd’s who were left feeling so close to solving the case and yet so far away and still empty-handed.
We ask: “maddening to think that you might know where all this stuff is?” The Dodds reply, “Yes. And we can't get to it.”