PD: Stolen car left unlocked, running tracked down thanks to iPhone left inside

MADISON, Wis. – A car that was stolen Tuesday night while it was left unlocked and running was tracked down thanks to an iPhone that was left in it, according to a release.

An East Mifflin Street resident was on his way to a friend’s house around 8 p.m. when he stopped at home for a moment to grab a soda from the fridge, police said.

The man told officers he was amazed by how fast the thief was able to get into his car, which was left running and unlocked, and drive away, according to the release.

The man also told officers he had a good idea where his stolen car was because he had left his iPhone inside and was using a friend’s cellphone to track it, police said.

According to the release, the iPhone was tracked to the 400 block of South Ingersoll Street, where police found his stolen car.

When officers approached 59-year-old Jimmy A. Clark, who was in the driver’s seat, he claimed to have no idea why they stopped him and told police the car belonged to his friend Willy, who goes by the street name, “The Man.”

Clark was arrested on tentative charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and theft.

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