Marysville

Stolen iPad's GPS leads police right to suspected burglar

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- It's said you can't escape technology. That was literally true for a suspected burglar arrested Tuesday after a stolen iPad's tracking device led law enforcement right to him.

According to probable-cause documents filed in Snohomish County, someone stole eight guns, electronics, jewelry and watches from a residence in the 24000 block of 27th Avenue Northeast in Arlington Tuesday.

When the victim realized one of the stolen items was an iPad equipped with GPS, he immediately started tracking it and updating officers with its location.

The victim watched as the iPad traveled southbound on I-5, eventually taking a Marysville exit and coming to rest in a parking lot in the 10000 block of Shoultes Road in Marysville.

An officer responded to the parking lot and found several unoccupied vehicles. As the officer was checking the parking lot, three people exited a 7-Eleven and looked alarmed to see police there, according to the probable-cause documents.

The officer stopped the three people -- identified as Robert Myers, Nicole Myers and Kayle McCrary -- as they were getting into a Ford Focus.

According to the probable-cause documents, the officer noticed an iPad sitting in the car and had the iPad's owner use the GPS app to have the iPad make a sound. After asking the three people to get out of the car, the officer reportedly noticed a handgun similar to one stolen in the burglary near the driver's seat where Robert Myers, 25, had been sitting.

Robert Myers, a convicted felon, was arrested for investigation of burglary, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm, as well as for a warrant for forgery.

According to the probable-cause documents, Nicole Myers and McCrary said they were at the scene of the burglary but Robert Myers was the one who entered the residence. McCrary also reportedly said they dropped a number of stolen items, including guns, off at an address in Marysville before going to the 7-Eleven.

Further charges are likely coming.