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Stolen Apple Watch leads Peterborough police to break-and-enter suspect

Peterborough police say the ping from an Apple Watch led them to a suspect in a theft.
Peterborough police say the ping from an Apple Watch led them to a suspect in a theft. AP file photo

A stolen Apple Watch helped police in Peterborough, Ont., locate a break-and-enter suspect on Wednesday.

According to the Peterborough Police Service, at around 8 a.m. Sept. 29, officers responded to a reported break-and-enter at a residence on Douro Street.

Police said some time overnight, entry was made through a front door. A large quantity of property including an Apple Watch was reported stolen. The estimated value of the property taken was $ 5,000 dollars.

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However, police say the owner of the watch activated the Find My app on their iPhone which pings any attached device’s location. The ping signal led police to a residence on Television Road. There they located the suspect sleeping in a backyard shed. Police located several pieces of property from the Douro Street residence.

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Matthew Hamilton, 38, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with break-and-enter, possession of property obtained by crime and breach of probation.

He was held in custody and is scheduled for a bail hearing in Peterborough on Thursday.

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