iPhone owner Kenneth Schmidgall, a 26-year-old construction worker from San Diego, decided to take the law into his own hands when his iPhone was stolen during a reggae concert on December 28th.
He tried calling it several times, but no one ever answered. Then, he and his friend Greg Torkelson used the iPhone app Find My Phone to track down the phone using its GPS capabilities.
The two tracked down the device and found that it was being carried by a guy riding his bike. “I saw the gentleman on the bike and we followed it and kept tracking it and every time (the tracker) would stop, the guy on the bike would stop,” Schmidgall told ABC News 10.
With a handheld camera rolling, the two confronted the thief and a fight ensued. The fight lasted for about 18 minutes leaving both Schmidgall an the thief bleeding.
“We just wanted the phone back,” Torkelson, a photographer, said. “Some of it was a little bit of adrenaline… you know, it was the chase of trying to get the guy.”
“It’s not the phone that’s so much important. It’s that people get away with this kind of stuff all the time with cellphones being stolen.” said Schmidgall.
“I do think I taught him his lesson. I really don’t think people should be going out and getting in fights with people because of their cellphones but there comes a point when you have to stand up for yourself and say, ‘This is my stuff, and I’m not going to let people get away with taking it’.”
Paul Hudson | Elite.