BACLIFF — A woman who lost her belongings in a weekend purse snatching turned to technology to help authorities catch two people who were charged in the robbery, authorities said Monday.

Brittany Nicole Phillips, 24, and James Robert Sharp, 32, both of north Houston, remained jailed Monday on robbery charges, said Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a call from the victim, who reported the robbery in the 4800 block of Redfish Reef shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.

The woman, 34, was unloading items from her car when a maroon, four-door car pulled into her driveway. A man got out of the automobile, approached the woman and ripped her purse away from her, Tuttoilmondo said.

The woman was unharmed and immediately phoned authorities. She told deputies her cellphone had an application that allowed her to track its location.

“She activated the program on her tablet computer, which enabled deputies to see exactly where her phone was,” Tuttoilmondo said.

Deputies coordinated with Pasadena police, who stopped the car on state Highway 225 near Beltway 8 and detained two people until Galveston County deputies arrived, Tuttoilmondo said.

“The victim’s cellphone was recovered from inside the suspects’ car, but her purse and its other contents weren’t found,” Tuttoilmondo said.

Tuttoilmondo didn’t know how Phillips and Sharp were acquainted, but they listed the same address in north Houston. Phillips remained jailed on an $80,000 bail, while Sharp’s bail was set at $100,000, Tuttoilmondo said.

The woman didn’t know either of them, Tuttoilmondo said.

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Dwight Burns

A case of dumb and dummer.

Technology is making it harder for criminals to get away with their criminal behavior, however, some people never seem to get the message.

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