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iPhone used to track down three accused of University Heights car theft

Buffalo police found another use for an iPhone on Saturday – tracking down accused car thieves.

A woman flagged down police officers shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday and told them her vehicle was stolen from Brinton Street in the city’s University Heights neighborhood, according police reports. The vehicle also contained two iPhones and an Apple tablet.

That’s when quick-thinking officers used an iPhone app to track the phones. That led them to a house on nearby Lisbon Avenue, where they recovered the phones and tablet – along with the stolen 2011 Chevrolet Malibu.

Officers also recovered crack pipes containing cocaine and open containers of alcohol, according to police reports.

Charged with third-degree unauthorized use of a stolen vehicle and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property are: Malcom Perlins, 28, of Verplanck Street; Anthony Gilmore, 27, also of Verplanck Street; and Jahkey Anderson, 26, of Lisbon.

Perlins and Gilmore also were arrested on multiple outstanding warrants from various agencies, police said. Gilmore was charged with giving officers a fake name to avoid prosecution of the outstanding warrants, according to reports.