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Coachella-goers used the 'Find My iPhone' app to catch a man with 100 stolen phones


Coachella-goers whose phones went missing during the festival last week used the "Find My iPhone" app to locate a man police say stole more than 100 cell phones. 

Those fans who activated the app followed 36-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao around the venue until he was detained by security, according to the Los Angeles Times.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found more than a 100 cell phones in Henao's backpack. 

Henao, who is from New York, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property, the Indio Police Department said in a statement

Many of the cell phones were returned to victims that night or the following day. 

Authorities said the remaining phones were turned into lost and found at the concert site. 

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Police suggested that festival-goers take the following steps to discourage thieves: 

  • Place wallets and phones in your front pocket instead of the back
  • Wrap an elastic band around the phone to prevent it from easily sliding out of the pocket
  • Consider bringing a dummy wallet because most thieves will not look for another once they have the first one
  • Avoid keeping all of your valuables in one place
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