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iPhone leads police to robbery suspect

Police say a stolen iPhone’s tracking device led officers to an accused armed robber within a half-hour of a Wednesday afternoon heist. 

Demetrius Kelly, 18, robbed a young man at gunpoint as he got off the bus on the 1000 block of Reid Street at 2:55 p.m., according to Wilson police. Kelly allegedly took the man’s iPhone in the holdup. 

Police used the owner’s "Find My iPhone” application to track down the stolen smartphone and found Kelly on Airport Boulevard. He was in handcuffs within 21 minutes of the reported robbery, the Wilson Police Department said. 

Apple offers the free Find My iPhone service to all users who register with an Apple ID. Once enabled, the app allows users to track the location of lost or stolen devices through the phone’s GPS receiver. 

Officers found the gun used in the robbery — a BB pistol — in Kelly’s car, according to Wilson police. 

Kelly was arrested on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon and booked into the Wilson County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. 

Kelly has a 2012 conviction for misdemeanor breaking and entering, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. He received probation and a suspended sentence. He has another pending charge of misdemeanor marijuana possession. 

In 2012, Kelly and two other teens were arrested and charged by the city’s Burglary Task Force with residential burglaries in the airport corridor area of the city. 
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thief, not "thug" said...

Thanks to the poster who pointed out the difference in labels for those accused, in this case, of theft. I read over all the comments posted on the article titled, "Theft Ringleader Locked Away"....not one poster used "thug" to describe the perpetrator. Not one. It does appear that "thug" is used as a derogatory descriptor of someone accused of theft only when they are black. Seems non-black thieves are getting a free pass on this descriptor. The word "thug" is offensive when it is directed exclusively to persons of color and not white people who're guilty of the same. Please, the word "thug" was deemed not necessary to describe the white "ringleader"...and it's not necessary to describe the individual, an African American, in this article either.

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:06 PM
Thug? said...

So because the 't' word was used, does that make him innocent? or smarter?
Get over it.
I don't get upset every time I hear the 'Y' word, or get told, usually in jest, that I should move to CARY, or ask how I escaped the containment area.

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM
To @Well said...

Interesting observation--just took a look at the other article you mentioned, and you're right. Not one instance of the word 'thug' there. Of course, I guess people defending its use will now go and deliberately make one now, but it doesn't change the fact of your observation. It shows we have a long way to go when it comes to race, and we can't be complacent in tolerating such instances of latent racism when it crops up.

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:29 AM
No excuse said...

A thug is thug. They are black, white, Asian, Mexican, doesn't matter. If you are robbing people, committing felony crimes and you don't have a job, you're a thug!! End of story.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM
@Well said...

Yes racism is a shame.... The comments for the black kid is thug this and thug that but for the other thief...the "ring leader"... Everybody wanna talk about Jesus. Smh

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM
Senior said...

Thanks to those who suggested how to load app. I agree with "Well,"....the word "thug" is offensive and I've noticed its use in reference to people of color. Can we refrain from using it? Does not reflect well on those who choose to use it. Thanks.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:43 PM to well said...

No one but you mentioned race, who’s the racist? The problem with society is that we give excuses for bad behavior. Being a THUG is not acceptable no matter what color your skin is, No matter what gender you are. No matter what religion you practice. Send him to prison and protect the good people of Wilson!

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM Well, said...

It appears racism is still alive and well in the 21st century, with 'thug' as the new replacement for the n word.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM How stupid can you be said...

The world dumbest criminal is on the lose again. No, I don't not feel sorry for you being so stupid. When are you going to learn that you can't take things that don't belong to you and enjoy them at the expense of others? You have to get out and get a job so you can have the nice things that you are stealing from others that worked hard to get them. When are you going to learn a lesson>

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM To senior said...

The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store. It is fairly easy to install and set-up. If you have difficulty, I feel pretty sure someone at WPD can assist you with this.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM Duh!! said...

Felony STUPID...Get a job loser!

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM Anonymous said...

It's built into the iPhone many iOS versions ago. It appears as a green icon. Sign in your Apple ID and it uses GPS and a map to show your iPhone location.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM I beliexe said...

Just another future productive member of society! Or should I say T H U G ??

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM not surprised said...

And....he will be back on the street with nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM help a senior, please said...

How do I get that app?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:38 PM Whoops said...

Kids nowadays...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM Curtis said...

Is he back on the streets already?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM good said...

I wonder if he had something to do with all this other break ins

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM
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