Man steals over 100 phones at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

When it comes to lost items like a wallet or a purse, you pretty much just consider it gone and start over. But in contrast, if you lose a smartphone, you might have a fairly good chance of retrieving it, if it has a tracking service enabled.

Over the weekend in Indio, California, Coachella held its annual music festival that is a mix of music, art, food, and light camping. It is host to nearly 100,000 attendees each day and as you can imagine, not everyone is there to just enjoy the festival. According to a news report by KMIR, a man attending the weekend event was caught with over 100 phones in his possession. He was arrested by the police and booked on suspicion of grand theft and receiving stolen property.

The phones were retrieved thanks to tracking services offered on cell phones like Apple's 'Find My iPhone'. Those noticing their phones were missing quickly accessed the service, tracking the culprit and alerting concert security. The man has since posted $10,000 bail and has been released.

Source: KMIR and Consequence of Sound via The Verge | Image via Coachella

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