06/27/2012 11:36 am ET Updated Jun 27, 2012

Stolen IPhone Leads Cops To Thief

Your iPhone was just stolen and you want to get it back? There's an app for that.

When Jeri Fletcher of Corpus Christi, Texas, saw a thief take off after snatching her iPhone out of her car, she yelled to her boyfriend, Josh Newton, who quickly gave chase on his bike. Though he later came back empty-handed, he had a better idea to pursue the culprit - track him via the app, Track my iPhone, reports

When the police showed up, they borrowed Josh's phone, and caught the burglar, 34-year-old Vincent George Williams.

"They said he was violent, he was ready to fight and they said I was very lucky I did not come face to face with him downstairs," Fletcher told

"Technology paid off," Newton told KIII-TV. "It helped to arrest a criminal and we retrieved our property."

Even without the app, there are other ways to track a missing or stolen iPhone, such as the Find my iPhone feature. Of course, you have to set that up before your phone gets stolen.

Check out the slideshow (below) to see some helpful tips on what to do if you've lost your phone -- and before you lose it.

What To Do If You've Lost Your Phone