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October 16, 2012

Smartphone leads police to stolen loot

LEWISBURG — There’s a reason they’re called smartphones.

Police in central Pennsylvania said a man who allegedly was breaking into homes of Bucknell University students was nabbed after the owner of a stolen iPhone used its GPS tracking system to pinpoint the address where the loot was stashed.

Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Swigart of Lewisburg was arrested by Buffalo Valley Regional Police and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and related counts.

Police said students from at least three homes reported burglaries last month, when items from TVs and DVD players to laptops and cellphones were taken.

One of the victims told investigators her stolen iPhone had software installed that tracked it to a nearby home.

Police said they arrived at the address and found a number of the items in Swigart’s room.

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