Coachella attendees use 'Find my iPhone' app to track down thief
Apr 19 2017
A NY man was arrested for allegedly stealing more than 100 cellphones at Coachella after tech-savvy festivalgoers tracked him down using "Find My iPhone". Police were able to immediately return 20 or more phones to their owners, with the rest handed in to the festival's Lost & Found facility.
The victims had been enjoying themselves at the three-day music and arts festival in Indio, California, over the weekend when they fell prey to opportunistic thief Henao. Ronaldo De Jesus Henao has a much more specific talent: He's apparently very, very good at stealing smartphones. Numerous victims followed Henao through the venue until security detained him.
Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, a resident of NY, was arrested on Friday after police recovered a backpack stuffed with smartphones he had stolen during the music festival.
"I noticed some chatter on social media about phones disappearing on Reddit", said Indio Police Sergeant Dan Marshall in an interview with Gizmodo.
Indio Police warned festival-goers to take extra caution against pickpocketers advising they keep their phones and wallets in their front pockets instead of the back, and not carrying all valuables in the same place.
Henao, who was released from the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning after posting $10,000 bail, was booked on charges of grand theft and possession of stolen property.