Police find electronics, drugs, and weapon with an iPad app

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jeffersonville man took matters into his own hands and used a free app to find his stolen iPad. When police responded, they found more than a missing iPad. They found drugs, electronics, even an assault rifle that's connected to a police officer.

WAVE 3 spoke with the owner Kyle Kurk on the phone. Kurk said he downloaded a free app called "Find my iPhone" and that's what led police to a whole lot more than his iPad. Kurk sounded the alarm on the iPad when Louisville Metro Police Department officers were in the area. LMPD arrested Shaun Burton at 2nd and Broadway.

According to his arrest slip, Burton said he bought the iPad from a "black male earlier in the day." The report also shows officers saw a bag of marijuana sitting in the back seat. They then did a probable cause search and discovered numerous GPSs, bags of marijuana, cell phones, and more. They even discovered an AR-15 assault rifle. Det. Todd Hollis, a Jeffersonville Police spokesperson, said the rifle belongs to Officer Richard Ashabranner, a Jeffersonville police officer who is also Burton's cousin. Hollis said the rifle is not a department issued weapon; it is a personal rifle of Ashabranner's.

Hollis also said one of the digital cameras and a safe belong to the department and they are trying to figure out if the drugs and needles could be evidence related to any police investigations.

This isn't the first time Burton's been in trouble with the law. He has a rap sheet in Clark County. He is a convicted felon, guilty of multiple thefts.

Police also found a purse and pocketbook with victims ID and credit cards and Hollis says Burton is now a suspect in several other thefts.

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