Canadian Woman’s iPhone Stolen In England, Retrieved Courtesy Of iCloud


A British Columbia woman recently experienced the trip of her life while visiting England. With every joyful trip, photographs were taken, but on this specific trip they weren’t brought home.

Linda Sieben vacationed in Great Britain for nearly four weeks over this past summer. The vacation was one she dreamed of since her childhood. But when she was preparing for her flight back to Canada, she had discovered that she was missing one item, her iPhone. Missing an iPhone by itself was a reason to panic, but this device in particular contained all the photographs from the month long trip. With over 2,000 memories stored on the iPhone’s internal drive, Sieben had flown back to Canada without the device.

At the time, Sieben lost hope and was preparing to say “oh well it’s gone.” Her daughter, Shawna, wasn’t quite ready to give up. She kept an eye on her mother’s iCloud account and began noticing photographs and personal information being uploaded. That’s when the Lancashire, England police were contacted to help retrieve the phone. (via Vancouver Observer)

“Armed with a photo and a name they knocked on doors in the area looking for the person who they suspected had the stolen cell phone.

Two days after contacting the police department in Lancashire, Sieben received an e-mail from the English police department saying that they had found the person who had the phone and safely retrieved it.”

Courtesy of the Lanchasire police, the iPhone is traveling back to Pit Meadows, Canada, where Sieben lives.

“Thankfully we got a police officer on the other end who was determined that I wouldn’t have a bad experience and said that he wanted to make sure that I had a good trip and knew that generally, people in Great Britain are really nice”.

That’s why signing into iCloud on your iOS device is very important. If your device is ever stolen, there is a chance it could be retrieved even without the help of find my iPhone.

[via Vancouver Observer]


  • Johnnygoodface

    +1 for the British! … And for that wonderfull officer!

  • Blake

    as soon as the sim card is out icloud doesnt work…. its so easy to steal i dont even bother with iCloud, this woman got lucky

  • Prailor

    a thief isnt going to change the sim, they want to take advantage of the phones owners plan, rack up a bill , they dont want to get another sim

  • nosnoop

    This type of lost-and-found story is pure luck.
    The iPhone was probably dropped or left behind and picked up by someone who had no idea or intention of stealing the iPhone. Who else would continue to use the iCloud account? Simply turning the iPhone off and restoring the iPhone would render the iCloud to be completely useless and make the iPhone untrackable.

    Also, if the iPhone has iCloud sync, why would she worry about losing all the photos? She surely would have iCloud backup of all her photos in the camera roll; unless she has not used WiFi once during her month long trip.

  • Pitt Meadows has two t’s, by the way. Although I must say, after two and a half decades living near there, I had NEVER thought of it as a “Pit”, ha ha. How did I not see the connection before?… 😛

  • Jonathan

    I’m not one to ‘steal’ or ‘find and keep’ a device, i right away think to myself “what if this happened to me…” but if i were the type of person, wouldn’t i want to reset the phone settings and get rid of the sim as soon as i got the phone? iCloud and FindMyPhone only works until you reset it to factory settings, isn’t that right?

  • XywiX

    Actually they do wana get rid ofthe sim, and sell the phone. If he’s stealing an iPhone he probably doesn’t have family living all around the world to call! He just wants to make a cpl bux from selling the iPhone.
    When mine got stolen. I had iCloud and find my iPhone. And the shit Canadian police
    wouldn’t do anything. She got lucky!!

  • NewWhirledOrder

    Not saying this story isn’t true but the way it’s being told…to encourage the use of something that tracks you and had access to your personal information and images…sounds a lot like propaganda to me. Also anyone could just wipe the memory and reinstall the OS anyway so it doesn’t do you any good at all.

  • Prailor

    i should of rephrased that… i was thinking kids, they just steal phones in general not someone who is collecting them to sell