A 19-year-old teacher named Zeenat Banu Haq hailing from Andheri, Mumbai was successful in tracking down the man who had stolen her Android cellphone. The lady used another cellphone to track every online activity of that man. She got the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to nab him just as he was leaving the city by train.
RPF personnel handed over Selvaraj Shetty (32) to the Dadar GRP outpost where the case was registered against him on Monday.
The 19-year-old is a teacher at a preschool in the same neighborhood. On Sunday, after returning from Malad, Mumbai, she could not find her Xiaomi 4A smartphone. Zeenat said, “I couldn’t recollect where my phone went missing."
Zeenat immediately logged into her Google account and turned on the location on her lost phone. There is a section called My Activity in a Google account. There the phone user can see and manage things such as websites visited, videos watched and searches done.
She said, "I used another Android handset to log onto my Google account and keep a track of the activities done using the stolen phone."
"I found that the thief had searched for songs from the Rajinikanth starrer ‘Kaala’. He used the SHAREit app, updated WhatsApp messenger and accessed Facebook. Then, he downloaded an app for booking railway tickets."
The battery status of the lost phone can be viewed, hence Haq gathered from the draining battery that the phone was being excessively used.
The man booked a Dadar-Tiruvannamalai railway ticket for Sunday and took a screenshot of the PNR number and seat details. He also took a picture of himself.
Haq said, "Through Google Photos, I accessed his ticket details as well as his photo. A quick internet search showed that the train was Puducherry Express and it would leave from Dadar Terminus around 9.30pm on Sunday."
"I left home and headed straight for Dadar Terminus where I found RPF personnel and narrated everything."
The lady was following the man's activity as the location option of her stolen phone was on.
Lastly, Zeenat said, "When he finally arrived and took his seat, the RPF started to quiz him. My phone was found but he claimed that it had been mortgaged with him. By then, I had broken down as I was scared. But the RPF asked a lot of questions and he and the woman he was traveling with gave contradictory answers."