Friday, February 25, 2011

To Catch A (Potential) Thief...Part 1

Late Wednesday night, my wife lost her mobile phone. Unfortunately at the time -- for us and for whomever would try to return the phone to us -- the phone's battery had died. Phone calls placed to it went directly to voicemail. Text messages no doubt went unseen.

Then, to our amazement and good fortune, calls placed to the phone suddenly began ringing this (Friday) morning. Although whomever had the phone did not answer the calls, he or she had apparently charged its battery. Despite call upon call and text upon text, the person holding the phone neither answered nor responded.

Through the magic of modern technology (and MobileMe), I've been able to locate the phone (which I have now locked). At 6:50 am it was at the corner of Pratt and Cicero. The phone then spent a few midday hours at Old Orchard shopping mall in Skokie. Followed by a speedy drive through the surface streets of north Chicago (very prudently avoiding the suffocating highway traffic).

For the last hour or so, my wife's phone has been on Chicago's northside near the corner of West Grace Street and North Cicero Avenue. See Exhibit 1a below, a screenshot of MobileMe's "Find My iPhone" tracking feature. 

It will be interesting to see how this plays out and where the wayward phone travels. Stay tuned for details.