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iPhone Thief Outsmarted at Coachella Music Festival

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 18, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Music festivals are all about good times, but there’s one thing that can instantly kill your vibe: having your smartphone stolen.A bunch of Coachella-goers found themselves in this less-than-ideal scenario over the weekend, but instead of pouting about not being able to Snapchat or text their friends, they got smart. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the tech-savvy music lovers fired up the Find My iPhone app and chased the alleged thief — Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, 36, of New York — around the Indio, Calif., venue until security workers could nab him. “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,” Indio Police Department public information officer Sergeant Dan Marshall told LAist. “When we got there, we discovered these hundred-plus cellphones in his backpack.”Henao was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property. Around 20 of the stolen phones were returned to their rightful owners; the rest were left at lost and found.The incident is a good reminder of how helpful Find My iPhone can be; if you use an Apple smartphone, it would be wise to take a second and make sure it’s set up on your device.Over the years, Find My iPhone has gotten lots of people out of bad situations. In 2014, a California woman who drove her car into a 500-foot ravine was rescued after her family and one clever police officer were able to determine her location via Find My iPhone. Register Now »last_img

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