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Can You Hear Me Now?

Horatio Toure, 31, of San Francisco, Calif., has been arrested and charged with theft. Toure was riding by on his bicycle when he allegedly grabbed a cell phone out of a woman’s hand. The phone was a special unit used to demonstrate real-time tracking with an embedded GPS chip, and she had just gone outside to test it. The woman simply went back inside her office, where her boss was able to bring up the exact location of the phone on a computer screen and relay the information to police. Toure was captured within minutes, a half-mile away. “What are the odds,” the woman’s boss asked, “that you would grab someone’s cell phone during a demonstration of the ability to track the phone’s location in real time?” (RC/San Francisco Chronicle) ...In San Francisco, I’d guess the odds are fast approaching 100 percent.
Original Publication Date: 25 July 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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