Victim of smartphone theft finds his handset advertised on Craig's List; all ends well

India Carmouche was arrested when the owner of the stolen phone she tried to sell on Craig's List spotted the listing

India Carmouche was arrested when the owner of the stolen phone she tried to sell on Craig's List spotted the listing

A smartphone owner flirted with disaster, but ended up getting his stolen handset back while helping the cops nab the thief. This unnamed person was shopping at Walmart when he left his handset on top of a drink cooler. Along came teenager India Carmouche, who saw an opportunity to turn a quick profit. She grabbed the phone and left the store.

Where could an enterprising young thief go to cash in on a stolen smartphone? Carmouche figured that Craig's List would be the perfect place to find a buyer for the handset. So, she put up a listing for the phone. Meanwhile, the victim needed to buy a new smartphone to replace the unit that was stolen. So he figured that the place to find a great deal on a replacement phone was Craig's List. While looking for a deal on the site, he came across his stolen phone. You can figure out what happened next. The cops became involved, a buy was set up, India Carmouche was arrested, and the victim had his phone returned to him.


According to data from Lookout Mountain Security, in 2013 (the most recent year data was provided for), the number of stolen handsets doubled year-over-year to 3.1 million units. Even though you can pretty much lock down a stolen phone these days, who wants to shop (or pay) for a replacement? With the holiday shopping season coming up, make sure you know where you handset is at all times. Don't put your phone down on a counter or any other place where it can be quickly grabbed. And remember, the malls will be full of pickpockets at this time of the year. Use your common sense when it comes to your device, and you won't end up having to search for a replacement on Craig's List.

source: AndroidAuthority

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79 Comments

5. legiloca.v2 unregistered

Oh the irony

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 717; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I wonder how do the owner recognized that it is phone? Picture? IMEI? Just wonder, since I am not a US citizen.

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

you dont have to be a US citizen to recognize your phone, the owner might have a phone case or a wallpaper (picture).

36. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

You would have to have an IMEI or an identifying mark in order to prove it is yours. If she left the sim in it they could track it. She probably did b/c she's obviously stupid.

13. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

He asked for it.

21. Firenze91

Posts: 204; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

im pretty sure it was an iphone

68. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

considering this happened in the United States odds are about what was it? 46%?

22. matistight

Posts: 912; Member since: May 13, 2009

It is hilarious that there are companies out there that still believe that if a device is locked permanently, people won't want to steal it. It will always have value, so stop trying so hard to lock everyone out. Then when honest people find the phone, they can't contact the owner because it has a password!

32. HtPsycho

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Well, they can wait for a call.

78. droidarena

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Haha you do know that you can leave custom messages on Android lockscreens right? I have my name and Google Voice number set up so if it ever does get lost or stolen (which is unlikely because my phone never leaves my sight or possession) the person has a way to always reach me, that's if they're not a no good dirty rotten useless thief; and if they are I'll track his ass and sic the cops on him!

30. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I see they did some cleaning up of the comments. Now they need to ban the racists who made the comments.

33. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

Cleaning up the comments wont help when youre making the articles photo a black woman. Theyll be back in drones. Kinda annoying that you didnt think this would lead to a bunch of people being racist. Stupid move PA

34. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

This is a phone tech site, and it's 2015, racism is seriously the last thing anyone can think would happen. A black woman's photo should still not cause a racial conflict, since we're all supposed to be educated, non racist people who live in 2015.

79. droidarena

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Lol nice imaginary fantasy world you live in.

80. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

A little late to the discussion but okay. You missed all the action!

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stupid idiot. Got popped.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Looks like he's back with s new account, .VELOCITY. Just joined yesterday, jumps right in with stupid comments.

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's Arte8800 bro. He won't last long.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The problem is, she didn't steal the phone; she found it. He left it so it's his own fault. You can't report something you lost a stolen. I wished the cop would try to arrest me. I'd be like, I didn't steal the phone I found it. I didn't take it from his car or his person. It was left on a water cooler. Possession is 9/10th of the law. As soon as I saw the cops step out I would have taken the phone and smashed it on the concrete.

47. ShadowHammer

Posts: 197; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

What if the owner knew where they lost it, returned to get it, and it was gone? Is it still just lost, or can it be lost and stolen? It's also interesting to me that you suggest if you found a phone, you would try to sell it as well, rather than trying to find the owner or giving it to the store's lost and found. Sounds like you subscribe to the saying "Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers." Still, I agree it was the owner's fault. Gotta keep an eagle eye and steely grip on our devices. Thieves are everywhere.

51. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Wow, you're a tough guy. We're all really impressed. Maybe while you were in prison, you could study the law and learn why you were completely wrong.

58. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

So, If I FIND you alone in a dark alley I can do anything I want with you ??? Good. I hope that happens

63. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I really hope the person you're replying to is a girl, although I doubt it, in which case that's really creepy, but hey if you "conservative" wanna swing both ways.....there's no helping.

71. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A dark alley would do, but he's got a better chance at a highway rest stop.

72. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol or in one of those inbred hillbilly towns in broad daylight, or in jail, haha I love American history x, watch how their daughters marry into black families lmao since that's a racist's worst fear.

77. droidarena

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Wow!, please don't breed and contaminate the gene pool even further.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

When I buy or sell on Craigslist, it's in a nice safe place, like a cellular store. You must show me the phones in proper working order, and that you legally own it. If not, bye bye.

49. tiktov

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

"And remember, the malls will be full of pickpockets at this time of the year." All the more reason to shop online.

50. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Can the phone really be considered stolen? When I think of stealing, I think "taking something that doesn't belong to you." And in order to take something, it has to be in possession of it's owner. If I pocket a $100 bill laying on the ground, am I stealing it from whoever dropped it?

52. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Your contradicted yourself. To steal is to take something that doesn't belong to you - it had nothing to do with it being in possession of the owner. When you park your car in a parking lot or on a street and go in a store, if someone takes it, it's stolen.

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