WRENTHAM — New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has proven he can kick the pig skin 60 yards through the uprights, a team record field goal.
You can now add crime solver to his resume.
Gostkowski, 32, helped police find his iPad when it was stolen from his truck outside his Wrentham home in January, according to court records.
Gostkowski reported someone stole the iPad when his truck was broken into and then a few days later he noticed a half- dozen “selfie” photos of a young stranger when he logged into his iCloud account, an online storage site, according to police.
The football player kicked over the photos to police and then set about trying to locate his iPad through his Find My iPad app, a software application that uses GPS technology to locate lost or stolen iPhones or iPads.
Gostkowski was able to help police track the iPad to a house in Woonsocket, where Wrentham Detective Robert O’Connell and Woonsocket Detective Sgt. Kevin Greenough found the suspect and recovered the iPad and the Nike backpack it was stored in, inside the suspect’s bedroom, according to police.
The suspect, 19-year-old Ralphy Olivero, was arrested by Woonsocket police and he pleaded no contest at arraignment in Providence District Court to receiving stolen property. He was placed on probation for one year, according to court records.
At the request of Wrentham police, Wrentham District Court Clerk Edward Doherty issued a summons charging Olivero with larceny. Arraignment is scheduled on April 15.
When he was questioned by police in January, Olivero denied stealing the iPad and insisted he bought the tablet from a high school acquaintance for $50.
Wrentham police previously released information about the incident but did not disclose the victim’s name.