Coachella crowds urged to keep cellphones safe

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Coachella crowds urged to keep cellphones safe
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19 April, 2017

As these unsuspecting concert-goers were simply going about their day, enjoying the festivities they rightfully paid for, 36-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, a NY native, was seizing on the opportunity to swipe cellphones from their owners' pockets.

Police arrested a man out in Indio over the weekend for trying to steal more than 100 phones during the first weekend of Coachella.

Surprisingly, authorities were able to tracking Henao simply by using the "Find my phone" feature on one of the stolen phones. "One of the common threads was that they were all losing their phones at the Sahara tent".

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According to an Indio Police Department statement, the suspect was 36-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, who was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property.

Indio Police Sgt. Dan Marshall said: "That type of crime lends itself to what concerts are all about, a lot of people, close proximity, a lot of bumping".

"[We were] taking pictures then we went to post the photo", Laura Hunt Little told a local NBC affiliate, NBC News reported. But, they then started tracking their devices using the Find My iPhone and all the phones pointed towards Reinaldo de Jesus Henao, a 36-year old man from NY. And in his backpack, they said they found 100 cellphones. If you're constantly using your phone to take pictures and not paying attention to who's around you, you're advertising yourself as an easy target for pickpockets.


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