iPhone Helps Man Track Down Stolen Car


A Southern Colorado man has his iPhone to thank for helping him track down his stolen truck. Authorities say his assistance also helped catch a suspect accused in multiple break-ins and burglaries. Joshua Mitzelfelt, 29, was arrested when police officers and deputies confronted him in a neighborhood on the southeast side of the city.

Early Tuesday morning, around 4:50 a.m., a man who identifies himself as Jeremy called El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputies saying his truck was stolen.

He left the engine running in his driveway while he ran back inside his house, in the 9400 block of Pony Gulch Drive.

"I came back out and my truck was gone," Jeremy said.

Jeremy began to track his car through a website that monitors the GPS application on the iPhone.

"It was moving the whole time, then at some point he stopped and got out," he said.

Updates were relayed to deputies searching the area and they spotted the truck as it pulled into a driveway in the 4400 block of Lancaster Drive in southeastern Colorado Springs. The driver, Mitzelfelt, was arrested without incident.

"I only downloaded it in case I lost the phone," Jeremy said about the iPhone application. "Never thought I’d use it to get my truck back."

The truck was searched by Sheriff’s Deputies revealed narcotics, DVD’s, GPS receivers, and cash. Some of these items link the suspect to other crimes in the area, including a garage burglary. The sheriff’s office is asking residents to check their vehicles and garages and report any suspicious activity to 390-5555.

Mitzelfelt was booked into the Criminal Justice Center for Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Second Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, and First Degree Burglary.

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  • by Hmmm on May 10, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    Surprised they didn't ticket him for leaving his car running in the driveway. Glad they found it for the guy, though.
  • by vickie Location: co. spgs. on May 10, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    That is a crock: "Updates were relayed to deputies searching the area and they spotted the car as it pulled into a driveway". Cops DO NOT actively search for stolen cars. Do not even come to your house to take a report. They locate them IF they happen to come upon them. This guy got lucky because HE was info to lead the police to the car....otherwise they would not even try. Been there, done that.
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      by Pat on May 10, 2011 at 06:27 PM in reply to vickie
      Vickie...my sister had her car stolen a few months back and the police did come to her house to take the report. They were very nice and told her that it more than likely will be found parked somewhere. A week later she had her car back. So I agree they do not actively search for the car, but they did come to her house and wrote the report of the incident.
  • by Pat on May 10, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    Awesome! Glad he got his car back quickly and the theif got caught.
  • by Editor for hire? on May 10, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    "A car owner has his iPhone to talk for helping him track down his stolen car." While it may be able to talk, I think that should say "thank".
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      by mike on May 10, 2011 at 03:41 PM in reply to Editor for hire?
      How about you learn how to read first.
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        by Me on May 10, 2011 at 06:31 PM in reply to mike
        I think the article initially was written with 'talk' instead of 'thank' and had since been corrected. :)
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          by @mike on May 10, 2011 at 08:19 PM in reply to Me
          It did originally say talk instead of thank. You could tell if you looked at the quoted line straight from the original headline.
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