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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A cell phone app helped police catch two thieves near the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Officers said one thief ripped a woman's cell phone out of her hand as she was waiting for the Metrolink train Wednesday afternoon. Officers said the thief ran away, handed the phone to an associate and the two of them ran across campus.

The woman tried to chase the thieves but they were way ahead of her. So, she walked into the campus police office, just a few steps from the train station.

"She worked with our police department to call up an app that tracked her cell phone location," said university spokesman Bob Samples.

An app called "find my phone" gave officers the navigation to the thieve's destination. The cell phone company pinged the phone.

The high tech digital chase lead officers to a Mobil Station on Hanley. That's where the thieves were. It all happened inside of an hour. The woman did get her cell phone back.

A metrolink spokeswoman tells us security guards were patrolling the station when the thief took the woman's cell. She said guards are always on duty when the trains run. We asked for an interview but nobody was available to talk to us on camera. St. Louis County police are working on this case now. They'll probably charge the two suspects tomorrow.

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