Wembley: Thief escapes police after stealing Apple tech and GPS tracker from car

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A burglar has managed to evade authorities despite one of the tech products they stole from a Wembley home being a new GPS tracking device.

The thief broke through the open front door of a Jersey Street home at 1.35am Sunday and searched the room before accidentally waking the resident.

Wembley Police Senior Sergeant Peter Gilmour said the resident was doing well after the ordeal.

“There was no altercation or anything,” he said.

An Apple Watch, Apple AirPods, wallet and Apple AirTags GPS tracker were taken from a vehicle parked in the driveway.

An AirTag is a Bluetooth tracking device designed to be used through Apple’s Find My app and was launched as a product nine months ago, sparking privacy concerns.

Senator Sgt Gilmour said the stolen AirTags were tracked and the incident was linked to break-ins and robberies in the northern and south-eastern suburbs of Perth.

A house in Clarkson was broken into at 2:30 a.m. the same night, but Sergeant Sergeant Gilmour said nothing appeared to have been stolen.

Another house in Merriwa was broken into around two hours later and a jacket was taken.

The AirTags were tracked to Belmont on Monday, but police have been unable to locate the offender as investigations continue.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

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