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Ohio woman tracks down $60,000 stolen necklace to Franklin, Tennessee

An Ohio woman used technology to track down her stolen $60,000 necklace. PHOTO: FOX 17 News Nashville

Solving our own crimes could be as easy as using your phone.

Fox 17's Erika Kurre shows us how an Ohio woman used technology to track her stolen diamond necklace all the way to Franklin, Tennessee.

Andi Levenson Young gasps at the first sight of her $60,000 diamond necklace handed to her by an undercover Franklin Police Officer.

It was originally given to her as a gift from her late husband nearly 20 years ago.

Andi Levenson Young says, "Shortly after that, he became tragically ill and disabled for 9 years and this is the last gift he ever gave me."

She thought it was gone forever after stolen with her wallet in her purse, hanging on a chair in an Ohio restaurant.

That happened July 20th and she immediately started tracking her credit card purchases.

"We knew the minute the credit card was used because it posts on their electronic systems. And then it sends me a text message to tell me."

Levenson Young tells Fox 17 News she collected the time stamps on the purchases and helped match that with video in the stores to photograph the alleged thieves.

She then delivered the information to a detective in Cincinnati who helped track the alleged thieves as they headed south where they were ultimately found.

Franklin PD Officer Jeff Carson says, "There were multiple victims' drivers licenses and checks made out to them and credit cards from everywhere from Ohio to Chicago. There were multiple victims."

Using personal technology to catch criminals has recently become a snap.

Mt. Juliet Police tell Fox 17 News they frequently have people ID suspects who are caught on camera and shared on social media.

But Young is not the only one using personal devices to track down thieves. Technology has been used to track down cheaters, solve murders, and other thefts.

Moneyish.com reports an Amazon Echo is being used for evidence in a 2015 Arkansas murder case.

The Echo is voice-activated and records questions in a conversation. In Connecticut, a Fitbit has shown a woman walking at the time her husband claimed she died in 2015.

The "Find my iPhone" app has helped stop burglaries and find dead and missing people.

Moneyish.com also reports a pacemaker has incriminated an Ohio man in a February arson when he said he was asleep and his heart rate showed otherwise.

For Andi Levenson Young, quickly tracking her credit card purchases led to her diamond necklace within 8 days.

"The idea that it ended up in Franklin, Tennessee and they caught them with their use of technology and that my necklace was still in this car, they thought it was not real.. How can so many things line up," Young said.

Robert Jones, Aaron Carter, Alexandra Temme and Kennisha Copeland are now facing several charges in this case after another victim, a Brentwood woman, also helped track them.

"This is the first time I've actually had someone-- a victim helping us out, telling us where it's being used from point to point," Carson said.

All with a device that most people are constantly armed with: a phone.




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