Blind man has iPhone stolen at St. Louis bus stop

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by Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 10:40 PM

 (KMOV.com) – Police tell News 4 there is little they can do stop cell phone thefts.

"If any property that you have, an iPhone a bookbag, is taken from you call 9-11," St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said.

Dotson’s comments come on the heel of recent incident where a man who is legally blind had his iPhone stolen in south St. Louis. Nicholas Silver told News 4 his phone was snatched while he was waiting at a bus stop. Silver depends on his i-phone and a voice-activated app to count his bus fare; read bar codes at stores, and for many other things.

Silver was able to locate his phone using an app, but he wasn't able to get it back because the exact location wasn't pin-pointed at an apartment building.

I called police and said, 'ok, I've tracked my phone through this app. I've tracked my phone down. I know where it is. I saw it was moving back and forth, back and forth, at the same location. It was a four-unit complex. The officers said there was nothing they can do," Silver said.

Dotson also told News 4 lawmakers need to have a discussion on how cell phone companies can improve security.

“The cell phone manufacturers need to step up and make it so if a device is taken, the owner has the ability to make it inactive and inert,” Dotson said.

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