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Teen borrows iPhone to call mother, takes off, police say
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Teen borrows iPhone to call mother, takes off, police say

Police said GPS-tracking technology helped officers track down and arrest a teen on suspicion of stealing an iPhone. The alleged theft was part of a recent spate of smartphone thefts in Madison that police refer to as "Apple picking."

The Madison Police Department said on Thursday at 12:36 p.m., Laron K. Bryson, 17, of Madison convinced a 51-year-old man that he needed to call his mother. The teen had approached the victim outside of West Towne Mall.

The man told police he was wary of the request but the teen was persistent.

According to the report, the teen faked like he was talking to his mom, and took off running with the victim's $750 iPhone 5.

The victim and police worked with the manager of West Towne Mall's Apple Store to track the stolen phone. It showed up on a Google map as a green dot, and officers followed it as it moved. The dot stopped in the 6700 block of Schroeder Road, which was where police said the phone was recovered and Bryson was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Madison police put together a video in early September sharing officer tips on preventing smartphone thefts.

Watch the video online: http://youtu.be/DvNp4PJmSx4

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