1. caitikitty's Avatar
    OK, so there’s a funny story behind this:

    Our truck was broken into last night, and the dumb criminals left their airpods inside!

    The police gave them to us to keep, and they have been thoroughly cleaned. We’re thinking about giving them to my 12 year old sister who has wanted airpods for a while now, but even after complete reset, would they still be connected to Find My Airpods?

    The last thing we want is a little girl being tracked down by criminals because she has their airpods, it could be very dangerous for her...
    10-23-2019 02:26 PM
  2. Annie_M's Avatar
    Hello and welcome to iMore! I'm sorry you've had to go through such an experience. Having been the recent victim of a robbery, I well understand your concern about the criminals being able to track anyone who uses the AirPods. In regards to your question, I think that it depends on whether or not the criminals had "Find my AirPods" turned on. Check out this article from Apple.

    If I were you, I would actually contact Apple Support and share your concerns. They will be able to give you a precise answer to your question.
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    10-23-2019 02:43 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    OK, so there’s a funny story behind this:

    Our truck was broken into last night, and the dumb criminals left their airpods inside!

    The police gave them to us to keep, and they have been thoroughly cleaned. We’re thinking about giving them to my 12 year old sister who has wanted airpods for a while now, but even after complete reset, would they still be connected to Find My Airpods?

    The last thing we want is a little girl being tracked down by criminals because she has their airpods, it could be very dangerous for her...
    Wait. Are you telling me that police gave you evidence from a crime instead of taking it, dusting it for prints and putting it in evidence lockup? And you’ve gone ahead and “thoroughly cleaned” them and thus wiping away a main avenue of identifying the alleged criminal. Wow!
    Last edited by Just_Me_D; 10-23-2019 at 06:21 PM.
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    10-23-2019 04:43 PM
  4. caitikitty's Avatar
    Wait. Are you telling me that police gave you evidence from a crime instead of taking it, dusting it for prints and putting it in evidence lockup? And you’ve gone ahead and “thoroughly cleaned” them and thus wiping away a main avenue of identifying the alleged criminal. Wow!
    The reason that they gave it to us is because my dad had already touched them, thus getting his prints on the evidence, so it was compromised and unable to be tested. That’s what my dad told me, anyways, as I wasn’t there for the investigation.

    I was wondering why they couldn’t have just tested the actual airpods/the inside of the case though, unless my dad touched the inside... i’m really not sure
    10-23-2019 06:28 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    The reason that they gave it to us is because my dad had already touched them, thus getting his prints on the evidence, so it was compromised and unable to be tested. That’s what my dad told me, anyways, as I wasn’t there for the investigation.

    I was wondering why they couldn’t have just tested the actual airpods/the inside of the case though, unless my dad touched the inside... i’m really not sure
    The statement below from your initial post is one of the reasons why I’m surprised at the actions of the police.

    The last thing we want is a little girl being tracked down by criminals because she has their airpods, it could be very dangerous for her...
    10-23-2019 06:50 PM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Anyway, to answer your question, the answer is probably no. If Find My IPhone was enables prior to them being lost then it’s possible that the last known location of them could be displayed for the owner.
    10-23-2019 07:09 PM
  7. ItnStln's Avatar
    Wait. Are you telling me that police gave you evidence from a crime instead of taking it, dusting it for prints and putting it in evidence lockup? And you’ve gone ahead and “thoroughly cleaned” them and thus wiping away a main avenue of identifying the alleged criminal. Wow!
    This sounds like entrapment!
    11-25-2019 03:05 PM
  8. Mars20's Avatar
    This sounds like a very odd story. I wouldn’t want to use any bit of kit a burglar might have left in my property.
    11-25-2019 03:15 PM
  9. ItnStln's Avatar
    This sounds like a very odd story. I wouldn’t want to use any bit of kit a burglar might have left in my property.
    Indeed
    11-25-2019 03:21 PM
  10. wenrob's Avatar
    People who bust into cars usually hit multiple cars. My bet is those Air Pods belong to another break in victim. You’d think that would occur to the cops.
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    11-25-2019 04:48 PM
  11. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    Sorry, but I have to go with my gut instinct on this, and that is this sound very odd to me. Police don’t just “give” crime scene items away, even if they’ve been “compromised”. My advice would be to give them to the police, or to the rightful owner, if you know who that is.
    wenrob and Just_Me_D like this.
    11-26-2019 07:44 AM
  12. ItnStln's Avatar
    Sorry, but I have to go with my gut instinct on this, and that is this sound very odd to me. Police don’t just “give” crime scene items away, even if they’ve been “compromised”. My advice would be to give them to the police, or to the rightful owner, if you know who that is.
    Indeed
    11-26-2019 10:35 AM

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