Driver tracks down an alleged car thief using a mobile phone app – here’s how she got her Toyota sedan back
- Vanessa Osovnikar’s boyfriend was waiting in her Toyota for her to finish work
- As he sat in the passenger’s seat, a man allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat
- Her boyfriend fled the car, but left his phone behind – which they tracked
- Couple told police where the alleged offender was – leading to the man’s arrest
A quick-thinking female driver tracked down an alleged car thief using a mobile phone app, leading to the man’s arrest.
Vanessa Osovnikar’s boyfriend was waiting in the passenger seat of her Toyota Sedan on Sunday night as she finished work in Adelaide‘s CBD, when a man allegedly opened the door and jumped behind the wheel.
Vanessa Osovnikar’s (pictured) car was allegedly stolen as she finished work in Adelaide’s CBD on Sunday night
The couple used Vanessa’s phone to call police before using location-sharing app Life360 to trace the alleged carjacker’s movements throughout the city, relaying his whereabouts to officers.
A police helicopter followed the car for about an hour as it travelled throughout the CBD and surrounding suburbs.
The suspect eventually abandoned the car at the intersection of Payneham Road and Ashbrook Avenue, in Payneham.
The man, a 27-year-old from Croydon Park, was arrested a short time later by patrols who had been directed to his location by the police helicopter.
He was charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle, drive disqualified and drive in a manner dangerous.
He was refused bail to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The couple (pictured) were able to help police track down the offender using an app installed on both of their phones