Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/17/gps_mobile_thief/

US ambassador nails Bulgarian mobile thief

GPS fingers airport culprit

By Lester Haines

Posted in Mobile, 17th October 2005 17:50 GMT

A Bulgarian customs official who decided it was a bright idea to pocket a traveller's mobile phone with GPS now faces the high jump after its owner immediately pinpointed the device in the culprit's pocket, Ananova reports.

US ambassador John Beyrle was en route from Varna to Hungary when he submitted his hand luggage for the usual x-ray inspection. His phone subsequently did a disappearing act, and an airport staff search for the missing mobile proved fruitless.

Beyrle, however, powered up his laptop, activated the phone's GPS which revealed its location aboard the light-fingered ne'er-do-well. The master criminal and an accomplice were cuffed and now face the sack plus malpractice and theft raps. ®