On Friday afternoon, a Rennselaer man watched another man walk away from his shopping cart at Walmart in Rennselaer, and then went over and stole his iPad2 from the cart.

In a press release from the East Greenbush Police Department, the owner of the iPad2 almost immediately realized his loss and saw the thief driving away. Some other people saw what happened and they all gave a description of the vehicle to the East Greenbush Police. Besides gathering information from the witnesses, Officers Nickolas Peter and Glen Rauch brought up the store surveillance video.

They also gained a connection to the internal GPS feature in most new hand-held electronics and were able to track the iPad2 while it was still being transported by the thief. Shortly after, the officers went to 43-year-old Zaw Lwin’s home on Sixth Street in Rennselaer and got the iPad2 back. He was also charged with Petit Larceny, for unlawfully withholding the property of another person.

In addition to these two incidents, the officers learned that OO was wanted by the Town Of North Greenbush. Because of that, OO was turned over to the North Greenbush Police Department to answer about those charges. I’m glad the guy that owned the iPad2 and the others saw OO, and helped get him caught. Always remember to keep your valuables close by when you're shopping.