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Thief thwarted by Find My iPhone following Coachella robberies

by Brandon Russell | April 22, 2017April 22, 2017 6:00 am PDT

While attendees were enjoying live music at the Coachella music festival this past weekend, 36-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao managed to steal over 100 smartphones.

Authorities say the New York resident was arrested on Friday after victims utilized Apple’s Find My iPhone feature.

It’s unclear how Henao managed to swipe so many devices, but officers say when they tracked him down, he was carrying a backpack filled with the stolen merchandise. A picture was shared by authorities that shows a table filled with the recovered smartphones.

Smartphone theft has gone down thanks to security features like Find My iPhone, something Henao apparently didn’t take into account.

According to KMIR, several of the devices have already been returned to their owners, though some remain unaccounted for at the festival’s lost and found.

Let this be a warning to attendees: If you attend the festival this upcoming weekend, be aware of where you put your device.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...