Apple's Find my iPhone fingers a phone finagler
Over 100 attendees of the Coachella music festival in Southern California this weekend were separated from their mobile devices by a pickpocket working the crowds. Fortunately, Apple's Find My iPhone feature saved the day by helping locate the pilfered phones, allegedly nabbed by Reinaldo De Jesus Henao of New York.
Reinaldo De Jesus Henao (left) is accused of stealing over 100 phones (right)
According to a report by the LA Times, more than 100 iPhone and Android users at the music festival were victimized by a single pickpocket.
Some of those who'd discovered they'd been robbed began tracking their lost devices using Find My iPhone, an iCloud service designed to locate missing iPhones.
"Some people inside the venue noticed that their phones were missing, so they used the app, you know, Find My iPhone, or however they were tracking it," noted Indio Police Department public information officer Sergeant Dan Marshall.
Astute iPhone users ended up saving the day, not just for their fellow iOS users but also the Android victims at the event.
The report stated that "tech-savvy festivalgoers followed the suspect around until he was detained by festival security workers."
Marshall reported that "enough people pinpointed it to this person, they notified security, they looked around, they saw a person with a backpack, they detained him and then they called us. When we got there, we discovered these hundred-plus cellphones in his backpack."
Police arrested 36 year old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao of New York, who was charged with possession of stolen property and grand theft.
As Los Angles resident Todd M. pointed out, Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, after having been bitten by Apple.