Savage cops use cell phone app to catch thieves 20 Sep 11

Four women who attempted a crime spree in Savage were tracked down quickly by authorities when police discovered—there’s an app for that!

Three women entered Metro Dental Care on August 18, and one distracted the receptionist while the other two entered the back patient area.

After the women left, the receptionist noticed her iPhone 4 was missing from the break room and the dentist’s iPhone 4 was missing from his office. But both phones had tracking applications on them that allowed police to locate the suspects at a shopping center in Shakopee.

Officers found the two iPhones, three other cell phones, and several credit cards and checks in the van the women were driving—none of the items, including the vehicle, belonged to the suspects.

43-year-old Juanita Gatlin of Fridley, 23-year-old Brenda Thornton of Brooklyn Park, 52-year-old Joanne Hart of Minneapolis, and 49-year-old Francis Doe of Minneapolis have been charged with credit card fraud, theft and receiving stolen property, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor possession of stolen checks.