A pickpocket at the Coachella Music Festival was caught Friday with more than 100 stolen phones when victims used the “Find My Phone” feature to track him and alerted security to his location.
Thirty-six-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao of New York was arrested for possession of stolen property after security officers and police reportedly found 100-plus stolen phones in his backpack on the first day of the festival, according to Digital Trends. Henao didn’t turn off the phones after taking them, which allowed users to pinpoint his location.
Some of the phones were claimed right away by their owners, while others wait in Coachella’s lost and found for their owners to claim them in person or through Coachella’s online retrieval program, CNET reported.
“[We were] taking pictures then we went to post the photo,” Laura Hunt Little told a local NBC affiliate, NBC News reported. “And my phone is gone.”
Little said a group of victims gathered to track their phones and the man who took them. The group followed Henao until security could detain him, and he was eventually arrested by police. Henao posted bail and was released from custody.
More than 100,000 people attend Coachella, leading to crowded conditions that can hide pickpockets while giving them easy access to phones, which are often not secured so they can be easily taken.
Both iPhones and Android phones have tracking features that can be enabled using a computer or tablet to track a missing phone. Find my iPhone also allows users to disable their phones and to erase them if they wish to do so.
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