App used to track stolen phone

An iPhone app led police to an armed robbery suspect Thursday morning.

A 31-year-old Grovetown man was pumping gas at Sprint, 2202 Gordon Highway, at 2:10 a.m. when a black male approached with a handgun and robbed him, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The man, later identified as Corderro Latron Morton, 23, of Amsterdam Drive, took the victim’s iPhone and wallet then got into the passenger side of an SUV and fled.

The victim told responding deputies his phone was equipped with a tracking app. Deputies tracked the phone around several locations in Augusta before locating it at Circle K on the corner of Deans Bridge and Lumpkin roads.

The deputies approached Carlos Tito Walters, 38, of Hephzibah, who appeared to have the phone, then used a command from the app to make the stolen phone play a ringtone.

Walters handed over the phone but told police he had just bought it from Morton for $60.

Morton was arrested at his residence and taken to the Richmond County jail on charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Walters was not charged.

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