'Find My iPhone' led police to phone thief

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man suspected of swiping a woman’s phone had the police show up to his door after the victim tracked the phone to his apartment.

After 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jonesboro Police Department dispatched an officer to meet with a woman who had left her Apple iPhone 6 at a gas station. However, when she returned to get it, the phone was gone. A store employee told her the phone was taken by a man who was on security cameras.

The video showed a black male with shoulder length dreads wearing a black jacket and white pants take the phone, the officer noted. 

The victim tracked the phone to the apartments at 726 Southwest Drive, with it leading police to apartment K, where the suspected thief lived.


A short time later, the officer visited the apartments and made contact with Jeremy Carter, 27, of Jonesboro. The officer reported Carter admitted to having the phone but said he thought his friend had left his phone at the store, so he took it to return to him later.

It was a good story, but the officer noticed the man had taken the phone out of the case and removed the sim card, too.

Carter was arrested for theft by receiving of less than $1,000 and taken to Craighead County Detention Center. He was released at 12:33 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

And thanks to diligence from JPD, the victim received her phone back later Wednesday evening.

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