Thieves use Apple Watch to track & steal $500K in drug runner cash

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in Apple Watch edited August 19
A band of New York robbers reportedly used an Apple Watch to track down a drug runner and steal $500,000 in cash, according to federal prosecutors.

Credit: The New York Post
Credit: The New York Post


The seven-person crew of thieves based in the Hudson Valley pulled off the caper in January 2020. The alleged leader of the group, 30-year-old Darren Lindsay, purchased an Apple Watch and linked it to his AT&T account to pull off the scheme, according to papers filed by prosecutors and seen by The New York Post.

After linking up the Apple Watch, the crew hid the device underneath the bumper of a car that belonged to a drug runner they suspected was carrying large amounts of cash. The group then used the Apple Watch to tail the drug runner to a hotel parking lot in Connecticut.

When they found the car, one of the members smashed the back window with a gun, but didn't find any cash. Two members of the group reportedly staked out the vehicle overnight. It wasn't until the next day that the robbers returned and found the driver of the vehicle.

They allegedly grabbed the man and forced them into a vehicle. A firearm carried by Lindsay reportedly went off twice in the scuffle, but nobody was hit. The group reportedly roughed up the man and swiped his personal belongings -- including a hotel key card. In the room, they found and took a bag stuffed with $500,000 in cash.

From there, they went back to Middletown, New York to divide the loot and pose for photos in front of the stacks of cash.

Members of the band of robbers were indicted in July for a string of crimes from 2019 to 2020. Details of the caper in January 2020 were not made public by federal prosecutors until Tuesday, The New York Post reported.

Prosecutors said that all of the information is supported by detailed cellular data from Lindsay's Apple Watch and the smartphones of the defendants in the case.

Apple Watches and other Apple devices have been used to help solve crimes or return stolen property in the past. However, it's more uncommon for an Apple product to be used to facilitate crime.

Lindsay pleaded not guilty to the crime, court documents show. Prosecutors have penned a letter to the judge presiding over the case to keep Lindsay in custody pending the trial.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    Meanwhile you’re in that hotel parking lot minding your own business and you get hit by a stray bullet. Hope all the happy crew is put away for years.

    Somewhat ingenious, but linking the watch to your AT&T account is so incredibly amateurish…
    ronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 9
    sphericspheric Posts: 2,107member
    and pose for photos in front of the stacks of cash.
    I've been told that if robbers were smart, they wouldn't be criminals, but that is just heartwarmingly stupid. 
    tokyojimuGeorgeBMacronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 9
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 810member
    This seems like a good application for AirTags.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 9
    sphericspheric Posts: 2,107member
    williamh said:
    This seems like a good application for AirTags.
    Those start beeping loudly after a day or two to prevent stalking. 
    maltzGeorgeBMacronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 9
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 10,711member
    I'm wondering who complained?   The drug runner?   Now THAT would be stupid!
    "Hey officer!  Someone stole a half million of my drug money!"
    "Oh!  Ok,  come on with me down to the precinct so we can take car of this!"
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 9
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 864member
    I'm wondering who complained?   The drug runner?   Now THAT would be stupid!
    "Hey officer!  Someone stole a half million of my drug money!"
    "Oh!  Ok,  come on with me down to the precinct so we can take car of this!"
    They were indicted for a string of crimes. Perhaps they were caught for one of those other crimes and then police found the photos and went "hmmmmm".
    GeorgeBMacronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 9
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 10,711member
    mknelson said:
    I'm wondering who complained?   The drug runner?   Now THAT would be stupid!
    "Hey officer!  Someone stole a half million of my drug money!"
    "Oh!  Ok,  come on with me down to the precinct so we can take car of this!"
    They were indicted for a string of crimes. Perhaps they were caught for one of those other crimes and then police found the photos and went "hmmmmm".
    That makes sense.
    So, the drug runner got nailed twice!  First when they stole his money and then when the cops showed up at his place.
    ...  He might want to look into a new line of work.

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 9
    Wow does Mr. Lindsay think his gang’s only trouble is with the law? The scum he ripped off is going to really have fun with them and the drug runner.
    ronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 9
    ronnronn Posts: 460member
    Not the sharpest knives in the drawer. Including the "drug runner" that carried a half mill by himself and didn't notice his broken in car and thieves waiting to pounce on him.
    watto_cobra
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