JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- These days, police are relying on an alternative crime-solving tool -- the smartphone.
On Monday night, an Apple iPhone helped the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office track down a carjacking suspect.
The carjacking happened outside an Olive Garden restaurant in North Jacksonville. According to the police report, the suspect took off with one of the victim's iPhones. The officer logged into the victim's iTunes account and was able to track the suspect, using the GPS tracking which was enabled on the phone.
Experts say the GPS tracking is a good crime-solving tool but it does have a downside.
"It's a double-edged sword," says Vincent Ashmore, owner of 10,000 Cellphones on Atlantic Boulevard.
Ashmore says the tracking allows people to monitor your every move. But in the recent carjacking case, the iPhone was a big help.
GPS tracking is available on most smartphones and it's free.