Man Arrested for Stealing Hundreds of Phones at Coachella

A California man was arrested this week for stealing over 100 cell phones at this year’s Coachella music festival.

36-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao was caught by Indio, CA police after many of his alleged victims traced their stolen smartphones back to him. They were able to find their smartphones whereabouts using GPS tracking and apps like Apple’s Find My iPhone, according to KMIR. “[We were] taking pictures then we went to post the photo and my phone was gone,” said Laura Hunt Little to the news outlet. “If somebody wants to steal a phone, they’re going to figure out a way to do it and I guess I was just at the wrong spot at the wrong time.” Little said many of the victims were tracking their phones as soon as they realized they were missing.

When police picked up Henao he had over 100 phones in his backpack. He was later booked on suspicion of grand theft and receiving stolen property. He was released on $10,000 bail. A separate suspect was caught with 30 phones on Sunday. Authorities said concerts are often used as venues for thieves to steal pocketed items. “People carry their phones to have easy access to them, well if it’s easy for you to access, it’s easy for someone else to access it,” said Indio police Sergeant Dan Marshall who has investigated some of the cell phone thefts. Some Coachella concert goers had their phones returned to them while others are still waiting for an update from police.

Indio police told some of the concertgoers to head to the Coachella lost and found tent on the festival grounds for their phones. Others will be able to retrieve their phones over the internet starting on Tuesday (April 18).





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