Apple iPhone thief ‘caught just minutes later after GPS tracked him’

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The iPhone’s software was being tested by an intern.Photo: AFP

The 31 year-old snatched the highly-sought after phone from the hands of a software company employee who was testing a new application in San Francisco earlier this week.

But the hapless thief was arrested by police just nine minutes later after the iPhone tracked his every move.

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The phone was being used to test a new real-time tracking application, which had been produced by Covia Labs, a software company based in the San Francisco Bay suburb of Mountain View.

David Kahn, the company’s chief executive, said he sent the 23 year-old female intern, who has not been named, out to walk around the block during a demonstration for a client.

The software is designed to help police and the military track officers in the field.

But as Mr Kahn and his client David Fonkalsrud watched a live map of the phone’s location on his computer they became puzzled by how quickly the image was moving down the street.

Police said Toure had escaped by bicycle.

“We kind of noticed while that was happening, boy, she was really starting to move pretty fast and she wasn’t heading back toward the place,” Mr Kahn told the San Jose Mercury News.

“Moments later she comes bursting into the office and said she’d just been mugged.”

Mr Kahn said he used the software to track the thief’s movements while the intern called police.

“It was pretty exciting to realise what was going on and wondering if he had noticed,” Mr Kahn said.

“I actually had an adrenaline rush. Obviously if he had turned off the phone that would have been it.”

Mr Fonkalsrud added: “It probably sounds almost unreal. It’s almost as if it’s a bank robber picking a day to rob a bank when there are five police officers in the branch.”

The pair denied the incident was a publicity stunt.

Albie Esparza, a San Francisco Police spokeswoman, said: “That’s pretty effective software, I would say.

“Criminals are opportunistic. … But I’m sure even criminals won’t take a chance if they know that there’s a tracking device.”

Toure was later charged with theft and possession of stolen property after the intern identified him as the thief. He will appear in court at a later date.

An Apple spokesman was unavailable for comment.

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Times Square standoff between Naked Cowboy and Cowgirl (Reuters)

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Thu Jul 22, 1:07 am ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It’s guitars at 20 paces as New York street musician “The Naked Cowboy” lassoed his Times Square rival “The Naked Cowgirl” with a lawsuit.

Muscular Robert Burck, who earns money playing his guitar and posing for photos in midtown Manhattan wearing just white briefs, a cowboy hat and cowboy boots, sued Sandy Kane in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday for trademark violation.

Burck, 39, says Kane — who wears a similarly skimpy outfit to busk in Times Square — has copied his look and sapped his profits. He demands unspecified damages and alleges copyright infringement, unfair competition and other harms.

Burck says his look is trademarked. Kane “was seeking to earn a living by appropriating his intellectual property for her own commercial benefit,” the lawsuit said.

Kane’s lawyer Nicholas Barnhorst said she never committed any infringement and that they questioned the validity of the “Naked Cowboy” trademark.

Burck began busking 13 years ago and has since appeared on television and in commercials, turning his brand into “a successful empire,” the lawsuit said.

(Reporting by Basil Katz; Editing by Michelle Nichols and John O’Callaghan)

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Big caiman spooks shoppers at Puerto Rico mall (AP)

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Wed Jul 21, 7:47 pm ET

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Ricans at a shopping mall were spooked by an unlikely intruder — a more than 5-foot-long (1.5-meter) caiman. Ana Maria Ramos, spokeswoman for Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural Resources, said the big reptile was found Wednesday under a shopper’s car at an outlet mall in the town of Canovanas. It was captured and taken to a shelter.

No one was injured by the caiman, which is native to Central and South America.

Nonnative creatures have become a problem for Puerto Rico because of the U.S. island’s lush tropical climate and lack of predators. Several species of snakes, iguanas and caimans — imported for sale as pets, then released into the wild — flourish on the island.

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German man dumps son on motorway 300 miles from home

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The grumpy dad had just collected his son from a summer camp in northern Bavaria but they argued and he pulled the car on to the hard-shoulder.

The man, who has not been named, ordered the teenager out and then drove off, leaving him with just five euros.

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Another motorist witnessed the argument and was told by the father: “I’m leaving him here for his own good. It’s to teach him a lesson.”

Officers took the chastened boy to a police station and rang his father in the Rhineland.

A Bavarian police spokesman said: “We phoned the father, who told us he was already at home. He eventually agreed to come and collect his son, and when he arrived they hugged and both said sorry for shouting at each other.”

But he added: “They may have settled their differences, but we shall still be informing social services that this child may be at risk.”

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Real hare causes chaos at Australian greyhound race

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During a race meeting at Shepparton in the southern state of Victoria, a hare unwittingly ran on to the track in front of the racing pack of greyhounds.

Greyhound Ginny Lou spotted the interloper and peeled off from the pack to chase the hare, which managed to escape.

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After reviewing the official footage stewards declared the event a “no race”, according to Melbourne’s Herald Sun.

The $32,000 (£18500) that had been bet on the race was returned.

“Every time Ginny Lou sees a ball or something moving in the wind her ears prick up,” the dog’s trainer, Scott Stefanos, told the newspaper.

“So when she saw the hare, she chased it away and then ran back on to the track to finish the race.

“She was coming third before she saw it, but her little detour meant she ran last, not that it mattered in the end as it was called a ‘no race’.

“She’s pulled up really well and is as happy as Larry, wagging her tail this morning.”

The racetrack owners have sent several staff members to look for the hare. However it is not the first time that curious animals have wandered onto the track. Snakes and ducks have also paid the course a visit.

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Shitterton villagers buy ‘theft-proof’ sign

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Households in Shitterton, near Bere Regis, Dorset contributed £20 each to the new sign after repeatedly falling victim to pranksters.

Volunteers then arranged a truck and crane to manoeuvre the stone into place.

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Ian Ventham, 62, a retired RNLI director, who arranged the whip-round, said: “It was my wife’s idea to carve it out of stone. We have lived here for the last 20 years and during that time the sign has been nicked at least three times.

“We think it was kids who would like to have it stuck on the wall in a den somewhere because its quite an interesting sign.

“I don’t think it was malicious, they just did it for fun, but it was exasperating for us. We would get a nice new shiny sign from the council and five minutes later, you’d turn your back and it was gone.

“Not having the signpost could make life difficult by confusing delivery drivers.

“We thought let’s put in a ton and a half of stone and see them try and take that away in the back of a Ford Fiesta.”

Mr Ventham, who is also chairman of the local parish council, added: “We had asked Purbeck District Council to replace the sign but they ran out of budget for that sort of thing. However, they are giving us £70 towards the cost of the sign which is what it would have cost them to replace it in the first place.

He said: “I suppose this is quite a good example of what David Cameron means when he talks about the Big Society empowering communities.

“I am not sure if he is expressly thinking about Shitterton signposts, but I think he is talking about people getting off their backsides and doing things, rather than expecting them to be done for you.”

In the Domesday Book, Shitterton is recorded in Norman French as Scatera or Scetra, which translated means a little town that is on the stream of a midden or sewer.

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