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Burglar arrested after leaving his cellphone charging in his victim's wall outlet

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Burglar arrested after leaving his cellphone charging in his victim's wall outlet
With many of today's Android models losing battery power too quickly to suit users, it is no surprise that 25 year old Cody Wilkins was upset. His Cricket Sanyo was running out of power and the fierce blizzard had cut off power to Mr. Wilkins' home in Silver Spring, Maryland. So he packed up his charger and phone and broke into another homeowner's home to plug in his device. But at the same time, Wilkins allegedly was also helping himself to some jewelry. When the homeowner's son came home and startled the intruder, Wilkins jumped out the window leaving a valuable tracking tool for the cops.

When the police found Wilkins' Sanyo recharging in the wall, they called a number from the contacts list and tricked the caller to find out the name and address of the owner of the device. With this connection, authorities were able to catch a break on 42 burglaries that had occurred in the Silver Springs, Maryland area just since January. The cops were able to charge Wilkins with 10 robberies based on his MO and witness accounts. And even though one burglary netted the criminal over $30,000 in jewelry, Savings Bonds and cash, he never did buy the one thing that he could have used the most-an extended life battery.

source: WashingtonPost

A phone similar to this Cricket Sanyo led the cops to 
Curtis Wilkins-the alleged burglar

A phone similar to this Cricket Sanyo led the cops to Curtis Wilkins-the alleged burglar



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posted on 03 Feb 2011, 21:56 1

1. downbeat4 (Posts: 67; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)


Cody's life= FAIL!!!

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 22:12 4

2. ninjakamster (unregistered)


And this loser was using Cricket!? LOL!

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 09:33

5. MarloThaMartian (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


Hahahahaha!!!

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 00:13 1

3. matt (unregistered)


i wonder why he didn't have the swype lock screen on, the phone would of erased the contacts had they tried many unsuccessful attempts to unlock the phone.

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 07:54 1

4. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Seriously Matt, you wonder why he didn't have the screen lock on?! The guy's an effing 'tard, that's why he didn't have the screen lock on. Who takes their charger with them on a burglary with the specific intent of plugging in his phone while ripping off people. The guy is definitely not the brightest star in the sky. We need more criminals like Cody. It would allow municipalities to cut down on their police forces and save the taxpayers some coin.

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 13:57

6. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)


Is Cricket really that expensive?

posted on 05 Feb 2011, 18:18

7. homineyhominey (unregistered)


it's all those darn hidden fees!

posted on 05 Feb 2011, 23:38

8. kcs7272 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What hidden fees? I own a Cricket store and I was surprised when Cricket dropped all fees so now all you pay is sales tax on your plan.

Here in PA if you are on the $55 plan, after PA taxes it is like $58.30. If that were another carrier with all the extra fees it would be around $70 not to mention Cricket is UNLIMITED everything.

Granted Cricket does not yet have coverage everywhere yet but they have been growing. Also there are a lot of people who never leave Cricket's coverage area.

On the off chance they do they can add roaming temporarily or permanently depending on their needs. (which works on Verizon and Sprint towers)

Yes they do charge $3.00 to pay your bill in store but you can pay online for free or mail it in. I have had credit card charge more than $3.00 to pay by phone.

All things considered Cricket is not a bad alternative for people with bad or no established credit or even people who don't want to pay a lot for service or be locked into a contract.

With the economy in the state it is Cricket is doing well and will continue to grow.

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