Apple program helps track down stolen computer, suspects in North Charleston burglary

Joe D. Graybill, 22, of Woodlawn Avenue (left) and Nathan Christopher Black, 53, of Hartford Circle, face charges of second-degree burglary after a homeowner used an Apple program to track down a computer stolen from her North Charleston home Monday.

Two men were arrested Tuesday after a North Charleston resident used an Apple tracking program to find a computer stolen from her home a day before.

Joe D. Graybill, 22, of Woodlawn Avenue and Nathan Christopher Black, 53, of Hartford Circle each face a charge of second-degree burglary. They were jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

After buying some groceries Monday, a woman and her mother returned to their Hartford Circle home about 5:30 p.m. and heard noises as they walked inside. It sounded like someone was running through the back door, a North Charleston Police Department report stated.

The women saw nobody and called the police.

Officers found “a trail of evidence” near a fence door next to the home northwest of Park Circle: a hard drive and some extension cords for a computer.

But the computer itself, a $1,200 Apple iMac, which consists of a monitor and a central processing unit all in one, was missing.

Officers figured that the burglars got into the home through a sliding door that had been left unlocked. The police used a dog and talked with neighbors, but they did not immediately identify any suspects.

The next day, the burglary victim used Apple’s iCloud service to pinpoint her computer’s location to a home on Woodlawn Avenue, which is southwest of the Dorchester Road interchange with Inaterstate 26.

There, officers talked with residents, and they came across a domestic dispute at 2616 Woodlawn Ave. A woman was calling her son, Graybill, a thief and wanted him out of the house, the report stated.

While an officer was making a “protective sweep” of the home, he found a trash bag with the stolen iMac.

Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said Graybill implicated Black, who lives in the victim’s neighborhood, in the burglary.

Using the service to get the computer back, its owner later told The Post and Courier, “turned what was an awful moment into something quite interesting.”

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