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Landon Crabtree, 8-Year-Old, Uses iPad App To Catch Tennessee Burglar

Posted: 03/27/2012 11:39 am Updated: 03/27/2012 12:25 pm

Landon Crabtree
Landon Crabtree, 8, used an app to locate his stolen iPad and the burglar who allegedly took it.

A burglar allegedly responsible for multiple break-ins was outsmarted last week by an 8-year-old boy.

Third-grader Landon Crabtree used a tracking device application he'd downloaded to find an iPad and other possessions recently stolen from his family's home in Manchester, Tenn.

He activated the app from a computer in his house and it revealed that the pilfered iPad was at a nearby motel, the Tennessean reported.

Crabtree told his dad, who called the police. Within the hour Coffee County Sheriff's deputies called to say they'd arrested a suspect, according to the Associated Press.

"You don't mess with our family," said Landon, who wants to be an FBI agent when he grows up, according to WTVF.

Police arrested John Docherty, who they said had used the Ambassador Inn Motel to stash a trove of items stolen during a string of recent burglaries in central Tennessee.

The charges against Docherty widened when a detective in nearby Franklin County saw him on television and recognized that he matched the sketch of a wanted thief there.

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