Who says technology is not good for kids? Let’s face it, most older kids, and teens for sure, know more about technology than most adults. They can work apps on any iPad, smartphone, iTouch or computer in an instant.
One 8-year-old in Tennessee used his tech prowess in a way that the adults around him hadn’t: he managed to find the criminal who stole items from his home, and in the process helped capture a serial burglar, and put him behind bars once and for all.
Landon Crabtree, a third-grader from Manchester, Tenn, remembered that he had installed a tracking device on an iPad that was stolen from his home. Shortly after the burglary, Landon went to his home computer to use the app. In just a few minutes, he was able to locate the stolen iPad at a nearby motel. He immediately told his father who notified police. The family received a call in less than an hour telling them that the suspect was arrested as a result of Landon’s tip.
The Huffington Post reports that the police found out much more about the suspect upon his arrest:
Police arrested John Docherty, who they said had used the Ambassador Inn Motel to stash a trove of items stolen during a string of recent burglaries in central Tennessee. The charges against Docherty widened when a detective in nearby Franklin County saw him on television and recognized that he matched the sketch of a wanted thief there.
So through the creativity of one 8-year-old, a serial criminal is now behind bars. What did Landon have to say after the capture and arrest? “You don’t mess with our family.”
It won’t come as a surprise that Landon says he wants to be an F.B.I. agent when he grows up.
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