How Apple AirPods led to the imprisonment of a thief

With the help of a tracking device embedded in an Apple AirPods that the unintelligent burglar took in a lone break-in, the Police had an easy time tracing the offender.

An Accra Circuit Court has convicted Isaac Bortey Borteye, 30, to five years in prison for breaking into a pharmacist’s home and fleeing with cash and some personal goods. Borteye, who was detained for stealing, breaking into a building without permission, and causing damage, refuted the accusations.

After the trial, the judge, Mr. Isaac Addo, declared Borteye guilty and sentenced him accordingly. The court gave Bortey two years in prison for inflicting unlawful damage and five years in prison for breaking into a building without permission and stealing. The sentences must run simultaneously.

Prosecutors called two witnesses during the trial. David Bortey Bletcher, the complainant, is a pharmacist, according to the prosecution team, led by Chief Inspector Jonas Lawer. The complainant and the accused, who is currently a prisoner, were both listed as Nungua residents by the prosecution.

How Apple AirPods led to the imprisonment of a thief

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According to the report, the complainant awoke on May 31, 2023, at around 4:00 am to find that a thief or thieves had broken into his room and fled with a variety of valuables. The items were mentioned by the prosecution as follows: cash totaling GH3,000, 50 pounds sterling, a power bank, a calculator, an Apple phone charger, a pair of caveman watches worth GH600, and a wallet containing various gift cards and bank credit cards.

The plaintiff discovered that someone had broken the lock on the main door and entered his room, the prosecution claims. It said that after filing a police report, investigators found the complainant’s Apple Air Pods in the accused person’s room.

The prosecution claimed that during a search of the defendant’s room, a ring valued at GHC 2,905- or 50-pounds sterling, was found. Four Fiesta Vibe condoms with the batch number CN58901, just like some condoms in the complainant’s room, were reportedly collected, according to the report.

According to the prosecution, Borteye took the police to a cemetery close to the Nungua Presbyterian Church where he dumped the complainant’s wallet containing the identification cards.

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