Man Caught Stealing 100 Cell Phones At Coachella

Victims used "Find My iPhone" to nab the prolific suspect.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Coachella was filled with music, celebrities and hashtag-worthy fashion in the desert. The annual festival that attracts thousands was also the ideal place for crime. According to the LA Timesone man was caught stealing more than 100 cellphones on festival grounds.

When tech-savvy festivalgoers realized that their phones were gone, they activated the "Find My iPhone" feature to find them. The Indio Police Department shares that the victims tracked down suspect Reinaldo De Jesus Henao. They followed him around Coachella until he was caught by security. When police arrived, they found more than 100 cell phones in the man's backpack. 

Henao is 36 years old and originally from New York. He was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property. Police share that several phones were returned while others have been left at the lost and found.

The crowded festival environment is ideal for this type of robbery— some victims didn't even realize their phones were gone before it was too late.

"A lot of people, close proximity, a lot of bumping," explained Indio Police Sgt. Dan Marshall, per KMIR, on why festivalgoers were susceptible. "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."

One victim admitted to being distracted when her phone was swiped. "[We were] taking pictures then we went to post the photo," Laura Hunt Little said. "And my phone is gone."

[Photo: Indio Police Department]

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