iPad Tracking App Leads To Second Arrest:
Ripon, CA – On 09-09-13, Ripon officers responded to the 1200 block of 7th St. regarding a theft report. The victim said someone stole an iPad Mini, a GPS device and personal items from his unlocked vehicle during the night. Officers tracked the suspect to an apartment complex in the 500 block of N. Stockton Ave. with the assistance of internal security software that had been installed in the iPad Mini. Erica Marie Damian (18) of Ripon was taken into custody without incident. Damian was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on possession of stolen property charges.
On 09-17-13, at approximately 1100 hrs, Ripon officers spotted a 16 year old male runaway in the 500 block of N. Stockton Ave. The subject was a person of interest in a number of local auto burglary cases, including the theft of the iPad Mini that was recovered by RPD detectives. The subject was detained and questioned. The 16 year old male admitted to stealing items from (5) local unlocked vehicles, including the recovered iPad Mini. The juvenile suspect was booked into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center on multiple charges including burglary, theft and possession of stolen property.
Ripon Police Department spokesperson, First Sergeant Steve Merchant urged citizens to remove valuables from their vehicles. Merchant also reminded citizens to lock and alarm their vehicles at all times.
1st Sgt. Steve Merchant
Ripon Police Department
259 N. Wilma Ave.
Ripon, CA 95366
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