iPhone app helps nab suspected home invasion suspect on Western Slope

BASALT, Colo. - A Parachute man faces numerous felony charges after the son of a home invasion victim used an IPhone app to track his mother's stolen smartphone.

Michael Charles Hawkins, 24, was arrested Thursday in connection with a break-in at a 75-year-old Basalt woman's house, the Aspen Daily News reported.

The woman told police she had just gotten out of the shower when she came face-to-face with two armed men ransacking her house.

The men got away with $70 cash, an iPhone, an iPad, a Rolex watch valued at $20,000, a sapphire-and-diamond ring valued at $24,000, and other jewelry items, the newspaper reported.

The woman's son told deputies he was able to track the stolen phone with the Apple Find my iPhone app as it went down Highway 82 and onto Interstate 70 toward Rifle, Colo., ending up at a house on a street in Parachute, Colo.

When deputies contacted the police chief in Parachute,  he said a man who lives on that street was recently arrested for burglary.

A search warrant was executed on the home and police said they found the iPhone and a handgun.  Hawkins was arrested.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a second suspect, the newspaper reported.

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