A woman whose car was stolen managed to help police track down the suspect through an app.
The woman’s Toyota sedan was stolen while her boyfriend was sitting in the passenger seat. The vehicle was parked along Bray St in Adelaide’s CBD when a stranger got into the driver’s seat at about 7.15pm on Sunday.
The victim got out of the car before the unknown man drove off.
The boyfriend left his iPhone in the vehicle and used another person’s phone to quickly call police.
The woman told 7 NEWS Adelaide that she tracked the offender’s movements through a tracking app and shared it with police.
In a statement, SA Police said it deployed a helicopter that followed the car for about an hour.
The stolen Toyota travelled throughout the CBD and surrounding suburbs.
It later stopped and was dumped at the intersection of Payneham Rd and Ashbrook Ave in Payneham, in Adelaide’s east.
Officers from the police helicopter directed on-ground patrols to the suspect’s location and he was quickly arrested.
The Croydon Park man, 27, was charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle, drive disqualified and drive in a manner dangerous.
He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Originally published as Woman uses app to catch carjacker