Twitter Squad Foils Carjacking

Tweeters track cell phone of driver shut in trunk
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2012 1:00 AM CDT
Twitter Squad Foils Carjacking
Twitter security.   (?Jared W. Smith)

An army of helpful tweeters helped save the day when a hapless car owner nearly lost his vehicle—and his life—to a pair of carjackers in South Africa. The armed thugs forced the driver into the trunk of his Volkswagen Golf. Luckily, they didn't take his cell phone, which he used to text his girlfriend. She mobilized the Twitterverse to be on the lookout for the car. Blogger Pigspotter retweeted the plea for help to his 100,000 followers, some of whom commandeered signals from the trapped driver's own phone to track the car's movements and alert police, reports the New York Daily News. "We are so grateful for all the RTs and help we received from all of you!" tweeted a pal of the rescued driver. (More crime stories.)

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