Man tracks stolen AirPods to Southwest Side truck stop; SAPD arrests 4, recovers stolen property

A fifth suspect got away

SAN ANTONIO – A man who had his car stolen and his work van burglarized overnight tracked his AirPods to find the suspects at a Southwest Side truck stop.

Dawayne Arrington told KSAT that he noticed his possessions were stolen at about 4:30 a.m. as he was getting ready to leave for the gym from his Leon Valley home.

“(I) noticed that my AirPods was missing and immediately went to my iPhone and tracked it,” Arrington said.

He used the “Find My” app from Apple to locate the AirPods at a Love’s Travel Stop on Interstate 35 near Fischer Road.

Arrington drove to the location and found five people asleep in an SUV. As he called the police, some of the people in the SUV got out and ran. He said he tackled one of them just as the suspect reached for a gun in his waistband.

“As I got closer to him, I saw that he was reaching for something in his pocket and it turned out to be, it looked like a small caliber gun,” Arrington said.

San Antonio police arrived and took the four suspects into custody. A fifth person drove away in the SUV. Police started to pursue the vehicle, but stopped after the driver reached speeds of about 100 mph.

Arrington said the SUV was banged up and had a broken steering column and paper tags.

Police were able to recover Arrington’s stolen AirPods along with other property which they believe was taken during other reported car burglaries in Leon Valley overnight.

About the Authors

Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for more than 25 years. She came to KSAT as a news producer in 2000. After producing thousands of newscasts, she transitioned to the digital team in 2015. She writes on a wide variety of topics from breaking news to trending stories and manages KSAT’s daily digital content strategy.

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

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