Dude, where’s my car? The air tag is responsible for locating the stolen subaru.
In the latest airtag adventure where the device solves a real-world problem, Scott from Chicago told the story of how his subaru was stolen. After the police did nothing, Scotty remembered that he had hidden air tags in his car. How it all ended
Scott shared the story of his stolen car today on Reddit with Air Tag, who acted as the hero of the accident. Scott called the experience “one of the funniest days of my life.” It is worth noting that he (finally) confessed to leaving his car unlocked with the keys inside, but the story is still quite amazing.
I am a night owl I got out of my car at around 3am earlier this week to get my car going. I am separated but still have friends with my wife, and her younger brother lives with me. He’s also a night owl, so I thought he’d take the car to McDonald’s or something. I texted him to see if it was, and he told me no, he didn’t.
My car (2010 Subaru Forster) was stolen.
I did all the common things you should do when your car is stolen. I called the police and lodged a report. He reported the car stolen but did not expect much to be done. Understandably, I live on the outskirts of Chicago, where there are millions of cars and police. I start claiming insurance and get very angry and just sit on my own and with someone who has stolen my dengue car out of pity and frustration.
Then, Scotty remembered that he had hidden an air tag in his subaru!
I remember again, after the dust settled, I put a spare air tag in my car’s sunglasses. I bought a 4 packet and thought it might not be the chance to help me find a car. There are millions of iPhones in Chicagoland too, so I thought it was more likely to be pinged.
So I lost the air tag. He last showed me his house at 10:17 pm, so I knew my car had been stolen in the last 5 hours.
Less than 10 minutes later, I was informed that my car had been found in North Lake, a suburb of Chicago, about half an hour away. It was sitting in the Walmart parking lot.
Apparently I immediately called 911 again and explained the situation. Police went to check the parking lot but did not find the vehicle.
Then Scotty gets more pings
As I drove to Walmart, the tension and still spread, I got several more pings from the tracker. I knew where it was, exactly.
When I reached the parking lot, I turned my phone out of the window until my Bluetooth tracker was connected. I parked and wandered around until I found the tracker ringing. It was under a parked car, and I could hear it, but it was raining and it came out and I didn’t want to lie in the ditch under the car to get it. So I sat down and waited, hoping the car belonged to a customer who would leave.
After half an hour I got bored of waiting and just decided to go home, lost, and hopefully the insurance will go smoothly. I thought I would still call the investigating officer and tell him that I knew the car was in the parking lot and see if he could take Walmart security footage. Maybe someone they know knows. Who knew
I was sitting at the light to leave the Walmart parking lot.
Then I see my Stolen car turn right in the parking lot in the past. This can be seen in the dashcam footage of my other car, where you can see me calling the police more enthusiastically.
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I couldn’t believe it. I haven’t seen the plate, but my car has this unusually ugly orange color and I’m 90% sure it’s mine. I wait around the corner of the car in my rearview mirror to wait and turn around. I see this man walking slowly in his car and find an obscure place to park. He stepped back to cover the plate.
At this point I have decided not to lose my car, I have found it semi-miraculously. I’m tempted to drive right away and stop it. But I don’t want to shoot, and I don’t want to damage my car if he tries to get out. So, a kind of panic, I call the police again. This is the fourth time I’ve called 911 in the last three hours, and the North Lake police officer I’ve been transferred to knows the situation.
Fortunately, 2 police cars arrived in a very short order. I wave and point my car out the window until they see it, and they pull on it.
They take a thin yellow baby out of the car, so thin and frustrated I feel a little sorry for him. I felt even worse after learning that he was homeless and, judging by the hard drugs and addictions in my car.
(Personally, I have lived a simple life, and what the officers told me, this child did not. Still, he is wanted on several warrants and I have a choice between suppression. Crime and immorality.) Allegations. I strongly oppose our approach to criminal justice here, so I decided to suppress fewer allegations. Apply for a treatment diversion program and hopefully get a chance. To reassure the child, I forgive him and wish him well.
My car was thrown in the trash. It smelled of cigarettes and hay, and I had cigarette butts on my floorboard. In less than 7 hours my car now looks like a storage car, I’m not exaggerating. The police let me go, even though I had to tear things apart to find out what I had and what I didn’t. There are stolen phones, tablets, watches and just one metric ton of trash bags.
I got the details later that day. It felt bad to be in it before.
More and more progress is being made in this story. Finding a key to another stolen car parked near my house, which the thief had dug before stealing my car. And spying on me and crime scene taking my DNA and dismissing me (I removed the car from the neighbors’ garage). Finding neighbors’ luggage in my car and learning that many other cars broke down in our street where we are parked. And more.
It was just a crazy experience.
And as far as air tags are concerned:
They work to track your car. I can’t get mine without it. But if I could hide it better, I would probably find it faster. So my advice: hide it well, but it will not be blocked from transmitting Bluetooth signals.
All in all, I just want to confirm the fact that these things work decently for value and purpose. I will not count 100 count on them but if you do not like to pay for GPS module then I would still recommend using them for this purpose.
Oh, and for God’s sake people. Don’t be silly like me Lock your car, and don’t put your keys in it. I live off the beaten path in a safe area and park my car in a private place on the road. I confess to being completely stupid about it, fry me whatever you want.
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