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Man Arrested For Fleeing The Scene After Being Tipped Off From His DROID Police Scanner App

Imagine this. You’re the getaway driver in a pharmacy robbery, and you think you’re smart because you have an Android phone equipped with a Police Scanner application. Thinking you’re one step ahead of Johnny Law, you go for it. While listening for activity you hear police are on their way to haul you to jail, so you speed off before they arrive and leave your buddy at the scene of the crime. Only to be pulled over and arrested for attempted arm robbery and on top of that, a misdemanor for using a Police Scanner illegally.

That’s what happened to Matthew Hale. His bail is now set at $25,000 and is facing felony charges of attempted armed robbery. Matthew had an Original Droid with a Police Scanner application installed on his handset at the time of the criminal act. Not good because in his state of Indiana, it’s illegal to use a mobile police scanner without a license from the Federal Communications Commission (i.e., a ham license) or without permission from local law enforcement. It’s that way in at least 4 other states, and in most other states it’s still against the law to have a “mobile” scanner. There’s another story out of Kentucky where a gentleman had 3 police scanners installed on his phone and was charged just for having them installed, completely unrelated to the crime he was originally charged for.

These applications are fun from time to time, and allow boredom to be passed while listening to emergency services, but maybe it’s a good idea to now look up your local laws and see if you’re in violation. Especially if you’re going to be doing any law breaking – Which we do not condone. Head over to the MSNBC site and read the full story. It’s a crazy one.

Via: MSNBC

Cheers Anthony!

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

    eff the police…

  • MobileEngineer

    Wow, so Droid-Life says he is guilty before he even faces trial?  I don’t see the word “allegedly” in there or anything to suggest he may be innocent.  News organizations get sued over stuff like this.  Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law before a jury of his peers.

  • MobileEngineer

    Wow, so Droid-Life says he is guilty before he even faces trial?  I don’t see the word “allegedly” in there or anything to suggest he may be innocent.  News organizations get sued over stuff like this.  Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law before a jury of his peers.

    • http://twitter.com/ant_fallin Anthony Fallin

      read the article dude…

  • http://www.facebook.com/colinvesper Colin Vesper

    He should’ve used the self destruct app…

  • http://twitter.com/ant_fallin Anthony Fallin

    Sweet….

    That’s one crazy story!!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll admit – I didn’t read the article.  But… isn’t Matthew Hale the World Church of the Creator white supremacist guy?  Waiting for my early morning reports to run, so I don’t have a TON of time – but the name struck me…

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, that’s the same name, but this is obviously a different Matthew Hale, because the white supremacist is currently in federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison for trying to hire a hitman to kill a judge.

  • Jason

    Since I don’t have my concealed weapons permit, is the fake gun app on my droid illegal?

  • RW-1

    Another set of laws to protect the gov’t – Police. It is of no benefit to most of us, as criminals will use them IGNORING the law.

    Crusingrider +1

  • Anonymous

    Bad Boys, Bad Bays, Whatcha Gonna Do, Whatcha Gonna Do when DROID comes for You

  • Anonymous

    lol DROID even does Jail time lmbo it really doesnt have a “don’t” next youll hear that droid does Interpol lol

  • Yellowcanary73

    We had bad storms here in Texas last night and was really happy I had this to listen to the sheriffs department letting people know where these storms were at.

  • slappynutz

    too funny

  • Anonymous

    in most jurisdictions the police may confiscate your phone as evidence and search ti…they’re even coming up with a program on their in car computers that will allow them to plug your phone into it and show all your phone’s information on the screen

    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/34/3458.asp

  • David

    How do they know its on ur phone….. what they pull u over and just start goin threw ur phone?

  • http://twitter.com/cheese cheese

    I find it hilarious that they want to ban these scanning ‘apps.’ Hello, but these scanners have been around online since the dawn of the internet. All of a sudden government wants to get involved and dictate what you can or can’t have on your smartphone…

    Another instance of government encroachment, I tell ya.

  • AmadHTCcustomer

    This article is good for advertising illegal apps.

  • M Burton

    I’m using the app tonight very bad storms in Indiana

  • M Burton

    This happen in Indianapolis IN it was on the news last week and it was a DX not og

  • Chris

    its a good idea until the droid freezes right before they announce that the cops are around the block and they all get busted

  • benny562

    That was a pretty smart move, EXCEPT  for the fact that he got arrested, THAT’S LAME!, good luck next time buddy!

  • Anonymous

    Droid’s Life = not good, gets you arreted.

  • Anonymous

    “…attempted arm robbery…” Was he really trying to steal an arm? :P

  • Anonymous

    “…attempted arm robbery…” Was he really trying to steal an arm? :P

  • Cruisingrider

    But Jim Johnson, the Muncie detective, was just as determined. People
    shouldn’t have the apps, he said, because the bad guys are simply going
    to “use that to assist in their crimes.”

    A flipping idiot, one bad guy stays at home monitoring the scanner and gives play by play to the other bad guy over the phone. Now they are legal because the scanner is at home and not mobile. Making guns illegal has not stopped crime why would making scanner illegal be any different.

    Hale, in fact, was initially charged with a second violation, unlawful
    use of a police radio, which is a misdemeanor. Court records show that
    prosecutors chose to go ahead only with the felony attempted robbery
    charges when Hale goes to court in July.

    That’s because they know they could not make that one stick since the law is so vague.  The reason they do not want you listening is because they are afraid of citizens hearing their misconducts over the air. I am a Ham Radio operator and have been listening to scanners for 30 years and I can definitely tell you I have heard my share of misconduct. Just another chip off the old liberty rock.

    • Lionel Y.

      do you disagree that it just doesn’t help when these means are available to criminals?
      I think thats the point, everything should be done to ease the police officer’s job.
      BUT I agree with you, that the Police (like the army for that matter) are pretty secretive with the way they handle their business, and don’t want people know what they are doing.
      ps: in countries where guns are illegal, there are way less causalities caused by legally acquired guns (than in the US), yes making guns illegal doesnt stop crime at all, but it makes the police’s job easier: less guns available to random people, less guns being sold to illegaly/legally to criminals.

      • Anonymous

        We live in a free society, where, theoretically, one is just as free to screw up as they are free to live a good life.

        Making everything easier for the police leads to a police state and erosion of all freedoms.

        No society exists where only the bad freedoms are eliminated. In their quest for power, tyrants of any form will remove any freedom they see harmful to their own power. And, being human, they are not likely to make perfect decisions.

        Justice should be served following a crime…not before the crime is even committed. Otherwise, it’s tyranny.

        • Lionel Y.

          well no its not tyranny, as we can see other developed countries where guns (that’s an example) are not available to regular citizens are doing just fine on crime. so who am I to say that their model of society is tyrannic when it’s working model of democracy? although I understand your point and agree a bit, maybe you want to tone your opinion down just a bit.

      • Cruisingrider

        FBI RELEASES PRELIMINARY FIGURES FOR 2010 . . . The
        FBI today released its Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report for
        2010, showing a decrease of 5.5 percent in the number of violent crimes
        brought to its attention in 2010 compared to the previous year. Violent
        crime, which includes murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated
        assault, decreased in all four regions of the country and in both cities
        and non-metropolitan areas. For decades, violent crime in the United
        States has been dropping. Final figures for 2009 showed violent crime at
        its lowest level since 1984. At the same time, firearms ownership and
        use has been increasing, putting the lie to anti-gun organizations’
        claims that more guns lead to more crime. The largest surge in firearms
        sales occurred from late 2008 into 2010, and, according to an NSSF
        report, an estimated 34.4 million people went target shooting in 2009,
        the largest number ever. Read more.http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-preliminary-annual-crime-statistics-for-2010
           Show me a country who has made weapons illegal to citizens and I will show you a nation of slaves. I come from such a country, I know first hand. If they ever make guns illegal in this country you can kiss your freedom good by. Criminals will always have guns, criminals do not buy legal guns they buy illegal guns. We in this country have been sold a bill of goods in the name of safety, we are loosing all our rights.

        • Lionel Y.

          come on… a nation of slaves? really?
          this is why I asked you to tone things down a bit,
          you can show that crime is decreasing in the US,
          crime is decreasing in every developed nations. but I am quite sure they can’t decrease crime that wasn’t there in the 1st place.
          Being a police man is a difficult job enough, thx god they are efficient at their job and job and crime rates are decreasing.
          But you can’t stand here and claim that European countries are nation of slaves.
          “LOL” I am quite sure if you ask many people outside the US they will tell you how they feel about guns and such. they will say it because they live in societies where this model works.
          now if you want to call them slave because they don’t own guns, feel free to do so . . .

      • Cruisingrider

        FBI RELEASES PRELIMINARY FIGURES FOR 2010 . . . The
        FBI today released its Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report for
        2010, showing a decrease of 5.5 percent in the number of violent crimes
        brought to its attention in 2010 compared to the previous year. Violent
        crime, which includes murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated
        assault, decreased in all four regions of the country and in both cities
        and non-metropolitan areas. For decades, violent crime in the United
        States has been dropping. Final figures for 2009 showed violent crime at
        its lowest level since 1984. At the same time, firearms ownership and
        use has been increasing, putting the lie to anti-gun organizations’
        claims that more guns lead to more crime. The largest surge in firearms
        sales occurred from late 2008 into 2010, and, according to an NSSF
        report, an estimated 34.4 million people went target shooting in 2009,
        the largest number ever. Read more.http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-preliminary-annual-crime-statistics-for-2010
           Show me a country who has made weapons illegal to citizens and I will show you a nation of slaves. I come from such a country, I know first hand. If they ever make guns illegal in this country you can kiss your freedom good by. Criminals will always have guns, criminals do not buy legal guns they buy illegal guns. We in this country have been sold a bill of goods in the name of safety, we are loosing all our rights.

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

    I by no means think what he did was right or acceptable. However!:

    I don’t understand how he can be charged for using a mobile police scanner. His droid phone is not a police scanner, its antenna does NOT receive the frequencies on which police activity is broadcasted, NOR does it have the ability to tune into those frequencies. His phone is purely an internet access point. So defining his phone as a mobile police scanner is not acceptable. The application he was using only streams a compressed “translation” of what is being broadcasted over those frequencies. So the liable party is actually the ham radio station that is receiving the broadcast and streaming it over the internet.

    I am a licensed ham operator myself and as such I have the right to actually receive and decode the radia frequencies being broadcast by police, but that doesn’t give me the right to rebroadcast them.

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

    I by no means think what he did was right or acceptable. However!:

    I don’t understand how he can be charged for using a mobile police scanner. His droid phone is not a police scanner, its antenna does NOT receive the frequencies on which police activity is broadcasted, NOR does it have the ability to tune into those frequencies. His phone is purely an internet access point. So defining his phone as a mobile police scanner is not acceptable. The application he was using only streams a compressed “translation” of what is being broadcasted over those frequencies. So the liable party is actually the ham radio station that is receiving the broadcast and streaming it over the internet.

    I am a licensed ham operator myself and as such I have the right to actually receive and decode the radia frequencies being broadcast by police, but that doesn’t give me the right to rebroadcast them.

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

    I by no means think what he did was right or acceptable. However!:

    I don’t understand how he can be charged for using a mobile police scanner. His droid phone is not a police scanner, its antenna does NOT receive the frequencies on which police activity is broadcasted, NOR does it have the ability to tune into those frequencies. His phone is purely an internet access point. So defining his phone as a mobile police scanner is not acceptable. The application he was using only streams a compressed “translation” of what is being broadcasted over those frequencies. So the liable party is actually the ham radio station that is receiving the broadcast and streaming it over the internet.

    I am a licensed ham operator myself and as such I have the right to actually receive and decode the radia frequencies being broadcast by police, but that doesn’t give me the right to rebroadcast them.

    • Mike

      Droid phones don’t commit crimes. People WITH droid phones commit crimes!

      If I use a ruler to break into a car, is the ruler a burglary tool?
      If I use a box cutter to hijack a plane, is the box cutter a weapon?
      If I use a camera to photograph security at a government building I’m going to bomb, is the camera dangerous?
      If you try to run over a cop with your car, you will be arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

      Technicalities are fun, but if it was your house they were robbing, how would you want it treated?

      • calculatorwatch

        Keep in mind that the implications of these prosecutions translate to people who aren’t criminals as well. According to the article the law doesn’t say “It’s illegal to use police scanners to aid in committing a crime,” but rather “It’s illegal to use police scanners, period.” So according to your analogies, I should be arrested for using a ruler or a box cutter simply because I could also use them for committing crimes.

        So the question really is, should YOU be allowed to have a police scanner app on your phone even it’s just a hobby?

      • calculatorwatch

        Keep in mind that the implications of these prosecutions translate to people who aren’t criminals as well. According to the article the law doesn’t say “It’s illegal to use police scanners to aid in committing a crime,” but rather “It’s illegal to use police scanners, period.” So according to your analogies, I should be arrested for using a ruler or a box cutter simply because I could also use them for committing crimes.

        So the question really is, should YOU be allowed to have a police scanner app on your phone even it’s just a hobby?

      • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

        Yeah :/ everything these days comes down to technicalities. And it is super hard to cover every loophole with the english language.

        Had it been my house they were breaking into, I say nail them for the B&E but not for the inappropriate use of a police scanner. I think the lesson for the government to learn here is that anyone accessing the police frequencies should be licensed, and restricted from rebroadcasting them. I think they very much can be used for bad things. However the very reason they are available to be listened to is so that the public can monitor and make sure that their tax dollars are paying for a service that is working and working  the right way.

      • Chris

        i see what you are trying to say. but i wouldn’t blame the man for using an app that is in the android market. i would blame the person who made the app and put it in the android market. because if the police scanner is illegal to use then the person who made it released an illegal app for free. unless there was a warning in the description of the app that said its illegal its not his fault for knowing. even if police scanners are illegal to use in his state without a license thats still not a police scanner. its a droid with a police scammer app that he legally downloaded.

        • Anonymous

          ignorance is not an excuse to break the law…it is not the developer of the app’s responsibility to know the laws in your area, it is yours and yours alone 

    • Anonymous

      the app has the capabilities of working as a police scanner(whether it is an actual police scanner or a “tranlation of frequencies”) therefore he can be charged with using a mobile police scanner

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Scanner Radio is in my top 5 apps.. great app

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Scanner Radio is in my top 5 apps.. great app

  • http://twitter.com/LockSmyth016 Daniel Smyth

    yeah for real how would they know? not unless he was a lil bitch and told them everything, or maybe his friend ratted him out, did they even catch the guy that actually did the crime??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    after reading the article, he got in trouble for UNLAWFULLY using the radio, if you use it just to listen to I think you should be fine

    • Geust2G

      I don’t know how you arrived at that conclusion. The article specifically stated that most of the differences in laws relate to taking it out of your home. The officer expressed concern over criminals using it for crimes as a means of justifying mobile scanners being illegal, but that wasn’t the point of contention over the gray area in state laws. And wouldn’t anybody get in trouble for doing anything, as you put it, UNLAWFULLY? Kind of speaks for itself. He used it unlawfully because he used it as a mobile.

      “It is legal to own a police scanner radio; on that, pretty much everyone agrees. Where things get sticky is when you take it out of your home. The problem, police and legal experts say, is that if you have it with you — in other words, if it’s a mobile police scanner — then you can use it the way Matthew Hale is accused of: to aid in the commission of some other crime.”

      • )v(urphy

        So the same could be said about guns?

      • )v(urphy

        So the same could be said about guns?

        • Anonymous

          Yep.

        • Chris

          unless you throw the gun at the person causing them to fall off a roof. then technically you werent touching the gun when it hit them. so in this situation the gun killed the person by making them fall backwards off the edge of a building.

      • Sep

        I heard you can get an exemption if you’re Batman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kane-Stapler/597191406 Kane Stapler

    I think i sold my OG droid to that guy.. Your welcome.

    • Mr.Joe

      OOO an accessory? 

    • Davros

      I actually live in Indiana and sold my Droid to a guy named Matt or Mark or something like that  2 months ago. 0_0

  • Chris

    How did the cop even know the app was on his phone? It only takes one button to exit the app. The home button. And If the man was even a little smart he would’ve pushed the home button before the cop even got out of his car. Did the cop have a warrant to search the mans phone?

  • Chris

    How did the cop even know the app was on his phone? It only takes one button to exit the app. The home button. And If the man was even a little smart he would’ve pushed the home button before the cop even got out of his car. Did the cop have a warrant to search the mans phone?

    • Mememe

      no, thats on iphone. on android, when you push the home button, the phone will lag and drag itself to the home screen while the app goes to the background, using the fabulous multi-task system android has.

      and, before u call me fanboy, i have and android. that’s why i know what happens when u push the home button.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

        And what crappy Android phone do you have? I experience no lag at all when I press my home button.

        • Inkster09

          All vzw android phones are crappy and laggy

          • Inkster09

            And outdated. Can’t even update phones. Cause thy have to reprogram for their bloatware

          • Anonymous

            i have the OG droid, never any lag

          • http://twitter.com/__menthol d

            thats just not true.

          • Anonymous

            maybe on your phone…on my phone with over 100 apps…no lag

          • AmadHTCcustomer

            I hope your kidding.

            Thunderbolt doesn’t, D2 doesn’t, DX doesn’t, D1 barely does, DP doesn’t, and all the others don’t.

          • irishwife2010

            I have an Android X phone and it works perfect for me. All people have to do is take care of their phones and keep them updated and cleaned out. Other than that my phone works great and Verizon takes care of it if something does go wrong, And OMG the apps i get on there are awsome, I do have a police scanner myself and it’s kept me out of alot of Speeding tickets, Why because the police say where they are doing traffic stops and where they are doing speedtraps. I have no complaints about my phone and the scanner i have on it…I LOVE MY ANDROID X :-)

      • Thunderatrix

        Full of shit

      • Chris

        what android phone do you have that has lag? because i have a thunderbolt and never experienced anything close to lag in any way with everything i’ve done with my phone. but yes the article said the man had the OG droid which i had before i switched to thunderbolt and the OG Droid did experience alot of lag since it was one of the first droids ever made. think of the OG droid as the first iphone. the first iphone sucked in its own way. but now that the iphone 4 is out it still sucks in many ways but at least its alot better then the first iphone. but none of that even matters. even if the phone does experience lag all he has to do is push the home button and the app will close and then cause lag. but if that doesnt work i gurantee you i can take the battery out of the droid before the cop has a chance to even open his car door. and im sure that will close any app.

        • Mr.Joe

          I’m guessing he’s talking about stuff like the Citrus.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit that my Droid2 does lag from time to time when pressing the home button, but it depends on how much I have running in the background at that time. You certainly can’t compare it to the iPhone though, which is doing a whole lot of nothing in terms of background pprocesses. That’d be like comparing lag on my Android phone to the lag on a calculator.

    • Anonymous

      also,in most jurisdictions the police can confiscate your phone and search it

      • Chris

        not by me unless they have a good reason and probable cause. but i dont see what a cell phone would have to do with armed robbery unless he was holding the cell phone when the cop came up to his window. and if he was then hes an idiot.

        • guest

          your an idiot

          • http://twitter.com/__menthol d

            *you’re

      • Kelter_55

        As a Indiana resident, I’ll tell you all, Indiana is always trying to find a way to arrest someone for SOMETHING, been that way for quite awhile. Now you can’t have something on your own personal phone, ugh Indiana is so damn tacky.

      • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

        password…uninstall the app…wipe the device…so many options…

        hell…chuck the battery out the window

    • Johnwayne

      “Chris…how did the cop know”….well I’d guess that since he screwed his buddy his buddy screwed him lol…never leave a man behind!!

    • An the

      upon arrest, esp for a felony, they can seize and search a phone, esp if it could have been used in the felony (calling each other)

  • Mr.Joe

    Droid Dose Justice!

  • Geust2G

    Wow, this actually happened in my city – my city until I graduate, anyway.

  • AmadHTCcustomer

    Droid Does…get you arrested. 

    • Inkster09

      Verizon is terrible they will never have vanil la android hence no nexus devices. When consumers learn more about android and the crap motor and vzw put on their phones, ie makes it slow and jittery either Czech will have to change or the real android community will leave vzw. Yeah their network is good but true android enthuist will leave vzw. They products are outdated, lye won’t work with dual core or blur or TW or vzw bloatware. Thyself why thereis no bionic and won’t ever be. Vzw is in there own world

      • Inkster09

        Sorry meant vzw not Czech and typing to fast

      • Mr.Joe

        WHAT does this have to do with a POLICE SCANNER?

        Go be nasty pasty in another anti whatever article. 

      • http://twitter.com/JJL919 Jeremy

        Shouldn’t even respond to you since your rant had nothing to do with the article, but I have to correct a few things. Ignorng the original vanilla Droid, my XOOM is completely stock, will run LTE, and is dual core. It’s not a phone, but you said “their products” and the XOOM falls into this category.

      • Anonymous

        your verdict on this post is: 
        GO BREATH IN WATER….why come here and post this? completely irrelevant use-less crap man some ppl kno how to ruin a good thing. i bet your a Hoot at funerals. smh  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    haha this is great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/creck1 Chris Reck

    OMG I love this, this is classic