Indio, CA April 19 2017 A New York man faces charges of grand theft and possession of stolen property after over 100 stolen iPhones were found inside his backpack at the Coachella music festival, police say.
Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, 36, was caught over the weekend in California as festival-goers discovered their devices missing and used the “Find My iPhone” feature to locate them, leading straight to the site of the suspect.
“A bunch of people activated their ‘find my phone’ and pointed at, ‘Hey, it’s that guy, my phone, my dot, it’s moving with that guy,’” Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall revealed in a statement.
Marshall said it’s of no surprise the incident happened at the widely-celebrated event, which expected anywhere between 90,000 and 125,000 attendees this year.
“We’re talking about a lot of people here, and people can get easily distracted watching another act. I mean with the lasers, the videos, the sounds, there’s a lot of stuff going on.”
Some of the phones have been returned to their owners, while the remainder are being held at Coachella’s Lost and Found.
In the press release, Indio Police further advised on ways to prevent being victim to theft at the festival which will continue through this weekend.
Henao was booked to the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning but released Monday on $10,000 bail.
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He is set to appear in court May 26 to answer to the charges brought out against him.