'Find my iPhone' helps nab prolific Coachella smartphone thief

Police arrested a NY man accused of robbing more than 100 cellphones from attendees at the Coachella Art and Music Festival, officials said Monday.

Several festival-goers noticed that their phones were missing and activated their 'Find My iPhone' feature, which provides users with the Global Positioning System location of their phones.

Authorities are crediting the use of an app to find dozens of stolen cell phones at Coachella. One thing led to another, and when police officers from the Indio Police Department arrived on scene shortly thereafter, over 100 cellphones were discovered floating around in Henao's backpack.

According to KTLA, Reinaldo De Jesus Henao was arrested on Friday (April 14) by Indio police on charges of grand theft and possession of stolen property. They followed the 36-year-old, from NY, through the venue until he was detained by security and law enforcement alerted.

Most of the phones were safely returned to their rightful owners.


"[We were] taking pictures then we went to post the photo", Laura Hunt Little told a local NBC affiliate, NBC News reported.

Numerous phones were returned to their owners with the remaining devices being handed in to Coachella's lost property.

Indio Police has advised festival goers to take better care of their wallets and phones and use an elastic band to prevent them from sliding out of their pockets.

Henao was released on $10,000 bail Monday.


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