App leads to arrest for car break-ins

Posted at 11:36 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 02:37:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A San Diego woman used an App to track down the man suspected of breaking into cars on her street.

Someone broke into at least two locked cars early Thursday morning on Hayden Way in Mission Hills.

"She wanted her stuff back, she was like junkyardrd dog," said Dave Balestrier.

He's referring to his friend Donna. She didn't want to be interviewed, but her friends were more than willing to share her story.  She's a professional photographer. Her camera gear and i pad were stolen out of her trunk.

"Donna comes running in and says it's on the move," said Balestrier.

They tracked the i Pad using the Find My iPhone App.  It was pinging Thursday afternoon from a large apartment complex off of Rosecrans.

"The police said when you're within 2 blocks give us a call. We gave them a call and they said because it's inside and it's not public property, it's in a private home, we can't get in, we can't knock on the door, we have to get a warrant," said Balestrier.

Rather than wait, they continued tracking the device. Eventually, it pinged from outside a nearby shopping center.

"This guy was kind of a skinny guy and he slips right out of his jacket and starts running," said Sean McNerney, a friend who was helping them search for it.

McNerney and Balestrier ran after the guy, until he finally gave up.

"He says OK. OK you got me, I'll go willingly," said McNerney.

They hope his arrest will lead to the rest of the stolen valuables.

"My guess is, if they ever get to open up this gentleman's apartment, I bet they're going to find a boat load of stolen stuff," said Balestrier.