iPhone tracker app catches Portland burglar

A couple woke up to find a burglar in their home

Ervin Solomon, 64-years-old of Portland, was found using an iPhone tracking app. (WCSO)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A burglar was caught on Wednesday morning through an iPhone tracking app.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says a couple woke up to find a burglar sleeping next to them in their home in the 100 block of Northwest 107th Avenue in Portland. The burglar fled the home with an iPhones, tablet and wallets.

Items stolen by an alleged burglar in Portland on Nov. 29, 2017. (Courtesy of WCSO)
Items stolen by an alleged burglar in Portland on Nov. 29, 2017. (Courtesy of WCSO)

Police responded and helped the couple use the Find My iPhone app, which was enabled. Officers went to the area where the app said the phone was and waited until they heard the audible tone the app sets off. They found the man hiding under a porch on SW Celeste Lane.

Ervin Solomon, 64-years-old of Portland, was arrested for burglary in the first degree, theft in the first degree, felon in possession of restricted weapon, and a probation violation. He is being held at the Washington County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Solomon was also found in possession of jewelry and other items believed to be stolen. Deputies will be working to identify the owners of that property and returning it to victims in the coming days.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jeff Talbot explains the benefit of having the Find My iPhone app activated.

“You can sign into it from our phone and we can literally hold it in our hand, watch it move as the suspect is taking it, and give updates real time to the radio,” he says.

The sheriff’s office is hoping to find and return some stolen items, if you know anything, call 503.629.0111.