A China Basin burglary was foiled Sunday after the victim helped police track his stolen laptop with his smartphone, police Officer Albie Esparza said.
The 32-year-old victim awoke at 5:50 a.m. when he heard footsteps coming from the rooftop deck of his home in the unit block of Clarence Place. He noticed that his office was in disarray and several items were missing, including his laptop, Esparza said.
The victim went up to his roof and saw a ladder leaning against the building.
Using his smartphone, the man tracked his computer and contacted police, informing them that the laptop was at Fourth and King streets, Esparza said. Police then arrested two suspects on the Muni platform at that intersection.
The victim confirmed that several items found on the suspects were his, including the laptop, Esparza said.
David Anthony Morse Acevedo, 20, of San Jose and Brian Gonzalez Guzman, 20, of Millbrae were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and conspiracy, Esparza said.
The San Francisco Examiner reported on Sunday that police are frequently able to track down electronic thieves with the aid of GPS technology.