SAN ANTONIO – A man who had his car stolen and his work van broken into overnight tracked his AirPods to find the suspects at a Southwest Side truck stop.
Dawayne Arrington told KSAT that around 4:30 a.m. he realized his belongings had been stolen as he was preparing to go to the gym from his home in Leon Valley.
“[I]noticed my AirPods were missing and immediately went to my iPhone and tracked it,” Arrington said.
He used Apple’s Find My app to locate the AirPods at a Love’s Travel Stop on Interstate 35 near Fischer Road.
Arrington drove to the site and found five people sleeping in an SUV. When he called the police, some people got out of the SUV and ran away. He said he attacked one of them as the suspect reached for a gun in his waistband.
“As I got closer to him, I saw that he was reaching for something in his pocket, and it turned out to be a small caliber gun,” Arrington said.
San Antonio police arrived and took the four suspects into custody. A fifth person drove away in the SUV. Police began chasing the vehicle but stopped after the driver reached a speed of about 100 mph.
Arrington said the SUV was crushed and had a broken steering column and paper tags.
Police were able to recover Arrington’s stolen AirPods along with other property they believe was stolen in other reported overnight car burglaries in Leon Valley.
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