iPhone app leads to 2 arrests in campus thefts

By Drew Teague

Two men were arrested Wednesday evening after an iPhone application tracked them down.

A group of students were playing soccer on Haggin Field when two men took their backpacks, police said. An iPhone was in one of the backpacks, which had the Find My iPhone application installed, and police used the app to track the men.

UK Police caught up to a vehicle on New Circle Road at 7:29 p.m. and preformed a traffic stop. When officers approached the vehicle, they used the app to make the iPhone ring.

UK Police arrested Robert Dobson, 50, of Louisville and the driver of the vehicle, John Lewis, 51, of Lexington.

According to the police report, the men were charged with stealing more than $2,000 worth of items. Police have also connected the two with a theft on Stoll Field on Aug. 23.

Police said Dobson and Lewis used some stolen credit cards from the Stoll Field theft to make purchases at the Liquor Barn Express on North Broadway for $235.60, as well as at a GameStop and Speedway.

Before police arrived, Dobson and Lewis also used some of the credit cards from the Haggin Field backpacks at Liquor Barn Express for another $372.49, the police report said. They also had possession of five cell phones, three wallets and books from the two backpacks.

“They were arrested and taken to the Fayette County Detention Center,” UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said.

Both men are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, theft by unlawful taking and tampering with physical evidence, with additional charges pending.

Lewis was also charged with operating on a suspended driver’s license.

Monroe said he thought the case was pretty much solved within 30 minutes.

He said all students should put a tracking application on their phones, so it will help police locate them.