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January 2, 2014
Victim Plays Detective, Suspect Caught Red-Handed


SANTA FE, N.M. – Santa Feans are using technology to their advantage and helping police catch crooks targeting top dollar items.

A New Year’s Eve burglar is behind bars after the victim helped police track him down using tracing application installed on her stolen Apple iPad.

David Wheeler, 22, is charged with burglary and receiving stolen property after he broke into a home on the 1400 block of Canyon Road just after 4:30 p.m. December, 31st.

Wheeler pried open a window and swiped two iPads. The victim says she arrived home in time to hear the suspect rummaging around her house, but believes he fled out the back door before she caught him. She called police and realized the iPads were missing. The victim then started tracking one of the devices on her iPhone.

The victim played detective and helped police trace her stolen items to an address on the 800 block of Alto Street within a matter of minutes. Inside police found Wheeler hiding in a back bedroom, and the woman’s stolen computer tablets were located on Wheeler’s chair in the living room. Police were also able to match muddy shoe prints from the crime scene to the shoes Wheeler was wearing when he was arrested.

Wheeler has a lengthy criminal history of property crimes on his record.

He is being held in the Santa Fe County Detention Center on $20,000 cash only bond.

David Wheeler

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