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Samsung may be getting ever more aggressive with creative ads that play up its Galaxy smartphone over the iPhone, but sometimes it seems as though Apple doesn't even have to spend the effort to fight back. You see, back in February, 25-year-old Travis Montgomery Snyder allegedly broke into a Springfield, Virginia wireless store and made off with "several iPhones." How'd they catch him? According to police who spoke to the Washington Post, he left his Samsung Galaxy behind. You can't make this stuff up.
Thanks to that mistake, the police were able to track Snyder down through the information on his smartphone's account. Further evidence against him appeared in the form of security footage that showed a man matching Snyder's description breaking the glass and setting off the alarm the in process. "No word on if he was looking for an upgrade," joked Justin Jouvenal, writer of the Post's original story.
One has to wonder what figures like San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman think about incidents like this. We've mentioned the rising tide of iPhone thefts at street level in the past and Gascon and Schneiderman's claims that Apple's not doing much to fight it, especially in their respective hometowns. Change may be on the way in that regard. During WWDC, Apple announced iOS 7's "Activation Lock" feature, which only lets you deactivate an iPhone if you have the Apple ID and password that were originally associated with the device.
A commendable effort, but it's next to useless when thieves are taking iPhones from the source. And you can bet that they won't always leave their Samsung Galaxies behind in the future.
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