100+ Coachella Attendees Retrieve Stolen iPhones from Thief

Authorities are crediting the use of an app to find dozens of stolen cell phones at Coachella.

Tech-savvy concert-goers helped police locate a NY man who allegedly stole more than 100 cellphones at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend, authorities said. Henao didn't turn off the phones after taking them, which allowed users to pinpoint his location. Sometimes it can go above and beyond, and reunite many people with many phones in one go, and help police apprehend the nasty piece of work that took them in first place.

"A bunch people activated their "find my phone" and pointed at, 'Hey, it's that guy, my phone, my dot, it's moving with that guy, '" said Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall ...
Numerous victims followed Henao through the venue until security detained him.

Police then started to keep a close eye on the tent.

Henao's phone-stealing spree was carried out at the music and tech festival Coachella, where his apparently well-honed phone-stealing skills began to spark discussions on Reddit and elsewhere about large numbers of phones having gone missing. Numerous devices were promptly returned to their owners, with the rest taking up residence at the festival's lost and found tent.

Henao was arrested and charged on suspicion of grand theft and receiving stolen property. He was released after posting $10,000 bail.

  • Marlene Weaver