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App can help find your stolen iPad

Jeff Silvestri is always on the go, and he takes his electronics with him. But he says recently during a meeting at a restaurant, he let his guard down.

"Happened to, my fault, leave my iPad on the table. It was within eye distance; At least I could see it. Happened to be ordering, and I got distracted just for a couple of minutes," said Silvestri.

When he turned around his iPad was gone. Lucky for him, another customer was paying attention and saw a waiter take the tablet.

Silvestri got lucky a second time when he remembered that he had an iCloud account. It helped to locate the device on a map and sends a message letting the thief know that Silvestri, and now the police, knew where the stolen iPad was.

He said, "The employee ended up coming back, said – 'oh I don't know what's going on, you know, what's happening?'  I said, 'please, you need to bring it back otherwise I'll need to press charges', so – to make a long story short – he brought it back."

Corporal L'Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge police says programs like that can make their job easier. "People are out there looking for a quick fast thing that they can grab hold of."

He adds, "We can actually find out where that device is, and if it is on someone we would definitely arrest that person and put him in jail."

Silvestri also recommends that everyone put trackers on their electronics. "It was an adventure, that's for sure.  It was the first time I've had to use it, and hopefully it's the last."

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