'Find my iPhone' helped authorities arrest a man who stole over 100 phones at Coachella

The Coachella festival started last weekend in Indio, California. And just like any other large gathering of people, it attracted some rather shady individuals. According to the LA Times, one of those people managed to steal over 100 smartphones in one day.

Several people, attending the festival, noticed their phones are missing and managed to activate the Find my iPhone feature. When they tracked the devices, they all independently managed to pinpoint the same man as the one who has their phones – Reinaldo de Jesus Henao, 36 year old of New York.

The festivalgoers followed Henao around the festival grounds, until security came to detain him. When police arrived, it found over 100 stolen Android and iOS phones in Henao's backpack. Some of them have been returned to their owners a few hours later, but the majority of the devices were turned over to the festival's Lost and Found service, where they can be picked up.

Henao has been arrested and charged with Grand Theft and Possession of Stolen Property.

Henao is only one of the many criminals roaming the grounds at Coachella. With over 100,000 visiting the festival every year, there are more than enough pickpockets looking for some easy scores. So, make sure to keep your valuables safe at all times. In order to help you do so, Indio PD has released some tips that you can read in the tweet below.

via AppleInsider



9. JohanP

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

Robin Hood! he may want to give these phones to the poor people. :D

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4423; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

So the find my phone feature actually works? Is this news? I just assumed it worked all this time...

5. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You made a mistake in the title. In Twitter post it says 'Find my Phone', not 'Find my iPhone'.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Jesus stole iPhones...? Jesus...! J'Day!

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Hesus or Jesus like when Spanish people pronounce "Jorge".

1. Phonehex

Posts: 778; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

How could he have stolen a hundred and then get caught this way? What a stupid thief.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Stealing is bad obviously but stealing a 100 phones is amazing. Im not even mad. I'm impressed.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Yeah, the guy deserves a medal or something... In fact, he should be hired by CIA or some top-secret spying agency as not many people can claim that they've stolen some 100 phones in one 'gig'...! Yes, impressive indeed... Come-on, this guy has set a new 'benchmark' in the art of thievery, give him some credit... Some chants and cheers...!

7. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I am also impressed with the thief. But I am also impressed with that police department. In my country , police can find lost cows and Buffalo without any tracking device. But they never find lost mobiles with gps and find my phone.

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