iPhone Helps Man Track Down Stolen Car

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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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