A San Antonio pickup truck owner whose truck was allegedly stolen used the Apple AirTag app to find his stolen truck, confront the alleged thief, and then shoot the alleged truck thief dead.
KSAT reported that the San Antonio Police Department received a stolen vehicle report at around 1 pm from a home on Braesview, but that the owner was able to track the truck and find it before they arrived. That owner, using an Apple AirTag, tracked the truck to a shopping center in the city.
Once there, the owner confronted the alleged car thief, who was presumably unaware that the truck was traceable via Apple AirTag, before the police arrived. Approaching the stolen truck, the owner saw the alleged thief potentially draw a firearm while sitting in the vehicle. So, thinking quickly to save his life and property, the owner drew his own firearm and fired on the alleged truck thief, killing him.
WRAL quoted San Antonio Police’s Nick Soliz as saying, “They [the truck owner] tried to confront the suspect who they saw in their vehicle. I don’t know if an argument happened but we know that during this time he believes that a firearm may have been pulled by the suspect.”
Soliz added, “If you are to get your vehicle stolen, I know that it’s frustrating, but please do not take matters into your own hands like this.”
Apple describes the AirTag device, which start at just $29, by saying, “AirTag is a supereasy way to keep track of your stuff. Attach one to your keys. Put another in your backpack. And just like that, they’re on your radar in the Find My app, where you can also track down your Apple devices and keep up with friends and family.”
It seems doubtful that increasingly angry and well-armed law-abiding citizens will refrain from taking matters into their own hands if the police stand back and do nothing while criminals prey on those that do everything right, following the law, paying taxes, and trying to remain upstanding citizens. If you do what you’re supposed to and the law doesn’t protect you, but instead lets criminals roam free, why listen to what the law enforcement officials that aren’t enforcing the law say?
Notably, none of this would have happened had the police quickly responded and recovered the stolen truck. But they didn’t. The owner got there first and, understandably, took matters into his own hands with his own firearm. That might be less than ideal from a civilizational perspective, but makes sense given the crime wave that has gripped the country and how well-armed many Americans, particularly in red states, are. That’s doubly true of high-crime locales within red states,whichNeighborhoodScout reports San Antonio is:
With a crime rate of 50 per one thousand residents, San Antonio has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 20. Within Texas, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Antonio.
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