Couple turn detective to track down iPad stolen by aviation engineer
A husband wife teamed up to crack the case of their missing iPad and helped net an airline worker who had stolen the tablet.
The Filipino aviation engineer appeared at Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday, where he admitted theft. The iPad owner had flown into Dubai from his home in India for a meeting in February but, after stepping off the plane, he realised the device was missing from his hand luggage.
He contacted customer services and lost and found at the airport but nobody had handed it in.
The businessman returned to India that night but refused to give up the hunt for his iPad. He and his wife embarked on a cyber search for it via an app using iCloud.
He had installed software on the iPad that stores information about the owner and allows users to track movement of the device.
The couple logged on and discovered that someone had changed the data on the iPad, including the owner’s details. The wife called police in Dubai believing they had identified the suspect after searching the new owner’s name on social networks.
A police officer told the court: “I asked the wife how they knew the identity of the man since they were living in India.
“She told me there was a serial number on the iPad and they discovered the suspect had changed the data and put his name in.”
The policeman added: “They searched for him on facebook and were sure they had their man when they saw he worked for Emirates Airline.”
Officers then arrested the suspect.
The officer said: “We questioned him and he confessed that after all the passengers had got off the plane, he went inside to check the systems and found the iPad.
“He stole it but claimed he doesn’t know why he did it.”
The defendant will be sentenced later this month.