You have a security app, like Lookout or Theft Aware, on your precious Android device, don't you? I hope you do, as you never know when tracking your handset's whereabouts may lead to not only a successful recovery of the little guy, but also the arrest of the perp who had robbed you a few minutes earlier and took your car with him.

A New Jersey man named Stalin (ironically, he was the victim here) was leaving his home when he was suddenly jumped by a robber, armed with a gun. The robber took Stalin's car and sped away, happily celebrating the easy escape. What the scumbag didn't know, however, was that during the attack, Stalin left his Droid Incredible somewhere in the car. On it, the Lookout Mobile Security app that could be easily used to secretly track the phone's, and the robber's, every move via an online interface.

Armed with his laptop, Stalin was able to show the police officers who arrived at the scene the exact location of the phone and the vehicle, accurate to a few feet. 7, count them - 7 minutes later, the "suspect" was spotted and arrested in the location Lookout reported, and both the car and the phone were safely recovered.

I'm sure recoveries like this one happen every day - I myself used Lookout when I dropped my phone at the train station a few months back. You simply can't afford not to have a tracking app on your handset anymore, if only to be able to restore your sanity while feeling a little bit like a ninja hacker.

Source: ABC News

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    Lookout LoJack, there's a new app in town.

  • Joel

    Lookout really seemed to decimate my battery life. I removed it. I'd love to use it if this were not the case.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Try Theft Aware perhaps?

    • http://www.mylookout.com David Richardson

      Hey Joel, I'm the lead mobile developer at Lookout and I'd love to talk to you about this. If Lookout is on your phone and not currently running a backup it shouldn't be affecting your battery life at all. I run Lookout on my Nexus One and its never above 2% of my total battery usage (according to Settings -> About phone -> Battery use). Most of the time its not even on the list of battery using apps. If we're draining your battery while idling I'd love to get to the bottom of it. What phone, os version, etc? Feel free to email me directly at drichardson[at]mylookout[dot]com (or support[at]mylookout[dot]com).

      • deebeedubya

        Sorry if it's off-thread. Are there any known issues with Orange San Francisco (ZTE Blade) running 2.2? I have installed Lookout but the website never finds my phone. I tried PlanB on my girlfriends phone identical when she thought she'd lost it and that didn't install until 3 hours later when I found it and checked it for messages etc. Should it switch on the data and GPS if necessary?

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/dbin78 Dain Binder

    This is great! I almost want to buy a second phone to leave in the car.

  • dragongunner

    Great story. I hope that others who dont have any protection will read this and install some sort of protection.

  • amanda

    i have an android marquee with boost and it was stolen is there a way for me to track it??