The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 23, 2013

Cellphone application used to track down burglary suspects

By Dan Nienaber
Free Press Staff Writer

MANKATO — Police officers were able to use a cellphone application to track down stolen computers, as well as two suspects, from a Sunday burglary.

Officers were called to a residence in the 1100 block of Warren Street at about 12:50 a.m. Sunday. A victim reported several items had been stolen, including two computers. By the time police arrived, the suspects had left the scene.

The phone application was used to provide a general location for the computers. An officer also had documented a license plate of a suspicious vehicle in the same area as the crime. That evidence was used to determine the suspects and stolen items were at a mobile home in the 1000 block of Belle Avenue.

Michael Steven Williams, 19, and Miklos Terrel Dates, 18, both of St. Paul, were arrested and jailed Monday night.

Requested felony charges include first-degree burglary, computer theft and possession of stolen property. A misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a police officer also is being requested.

Police are reminding the public about the importance of keeping doors locked. It's also important to record and register computers and electronic devices to help them be recovered if lost or stolen.