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Man who got his truck stolen uses Apple AirTag to track down thief—then kills him

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Apr 14, 2023 4:55 pm

In a scene that came straight out of a revenge drama, a man from Texas had gotten his truck allegedly stolen by another man. He then used an Apple AirTag to track the thief down and killed him with his own hands.

According to officers of San Antonio Police Department carried by Fox News, the man reported the theft to them at around one in the afternoon.

However, he wasn't patient enough to let the officers handle the crime and took matters into his own hands with help from Apple's AirTag, a tracking device that allows people to find their personal objects.

The man found his vehicle nearly 20 miles from where it was stolen, with the alleged thief completely oblivious that he was being tracked. 

Police detailed that the truck owner went up to the victim who was in the vehicle, and a confrontation soon ensued that resulted in the fatal shooting of the thief. Several bullet casings and two cars with their windows shot out were found by authorities.

Officials are determining if the suspect will be charged in the fatal shooting.

"If you are to get your vehicle stolen, please do not take matters into your own hands like this," Nick Soliz, an officer, stressed. "It's never safe as you can see by this incident."

The way Apple AirTags work is that you hold the tracking device near your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then connect it to them. Afterwards, you can attach your AirTag to your item and see it in the Find My app. Aside from keys, purses, and backpacks, these devices can be used to track some less common items, and in this case, a truck.

It's not the first time that the multinational tech company had gotten heat from their product as two women previously sued Apple over how their exes allegedly used AirTags to track their whereabouts.

Back in February last year, the tech giant addressed these concerns by updating the safety and privacy features of their tracking device, underscoring, "AirTag was designed to help people locate their personal belongings, not to track people or another person's property, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products."