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iPhone leads to car thieves

ROBBERS who followed a doctor home and drove off with his £30,000 Audi Quattro will be sentenced this month.

ROBBERS who followed a doctor home and drove off with his £30,000 Audi Quattro will be sentenced this month.

Darren Smith, 37, and Luke O’Brien, 23, were tracked-down using the victim’s mobile phone, which had a GPS system built-in.

Although the offenders had searched the car for tracking-devices, they overlooked the iPhone - which led police straight to them.

Smith was found guilty following a three-day trial at Coventry Crown Court. He will be sentenced along with O’Brien, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Court heard that the partners-in-crime had tailed their victim from a McDonald’s take-away in Shirley, on November 1.

When the GP arrived at his home, in Dorridge, the masked robbers pounced - grabbing his keys and driving off in the car.

However police were able to use the phone and forensic evidence to trace and arrest both men.

In court, Smith admitted handling the stolen car - but denied robbery, claiming that he’d sold the vehicle to O’Brien on the day of the carjacking. However, none of the jury believed his story and he was unanimously convicted of robbery.

DC Dave Hollies, from Solihull Police, said: “This case is a victory of modern technology and good, old fashioned police work which uncovered vital evidence - linking both men to the robbery.”

 

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