A 63-year-old Iowa citizen was arrested and charged because he was using an AirTag on multiple occasions to track the whereabouts of another person. Fortunately, the updated anti-stalking features implemented by Apple alerted the victim of the stalker’s nefarious activities.
Stalker claims the victim was married to him, and used AirTags on the car to track the victim’s location
Carl Stephen Schaufer of Bettendorf, Iowa, was arrested Saturday for unauthorized use of a global positioning system (GPS), according to Kellland. A total of three AirTags were used to stalk the victim, with Schaufer claiming to be married to her and believing the pair to be having an affair. This prompted him to use the trackers in her car to find out the locations.
Court documents indicate that on December 5, a person was alerted by their smartphone that their movements were being tracked, which is likely because Apple’s anti-stalking notification feature started rolling out. The AirTag was found on the person’s spare tire, which was then taken to the West Des Moines Police Station.
The next day, Schaufer visited the police station in an attempt to locate the victim. She later stated that Shoffer had never been married to her or had a relationship prior to this series of incidents. In any case, the stalker was not dissuaded from resuming his activities after the discovery of the first AirTag, as the second was found on December 7, which again alerted the victim via her phone that her movements were being tracked.
The AirTag was found in a purse inside a plastic sandwich bag and placed back over the spare tire, which was the location of the first tracker. As for the third, it was found when the victim went to a mechanic’s workshop and lifted the car, only to find that the tracker was placed in a plastic box, which was then attached to the car.
Shawver has been transferred to the Polk County Jail on $3,000 bail, and a hearing is expected Dec. 19. Although Apple has made relevant changes to its AirTag scope to ensure that stalking is discouraged, such incidents still occur. Fortunately, potential victims are lucky enough to receive notifications on their devices, but even then, one report suggests that Apple’s efforts aren’t enough to limit the tracking capabilities of AirTags.
News source: Kellland