Find My iPhone crowd catches Coachella festival 'thief'

By using the "Find My iPhone" app, authorities were led to 36-year-old Reinaldo de Jesus Henao of NY, who had over a hundred iPhones in a single backpack. 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.

Reinaldo De Jesus Henao stole 100 mobile phones from punters at Coachella. Police then followed Henao though the venue and detained him.

"I noticed some chatter on social media about phones disappearing on Reddit", said Indio Police Sergeant Dan Marshall in an interview with Gizmodo.

Henao has been charged with grand theft and possession of stolen property.

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"[We were] taking pictures then we went to post the photo", Laura Hunt Little told a local NBC affiliate, NBC News reported. Over 100 cell phones were found in his backpack. Police say that at least 20 of the phones were returned to victims, while the rest were given to the Lost and Found at the festival.

He was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Center in Banning, California, and released on a $10,000 bail, according to inmate records.

Around this time every year since the event's incorporation back in 1999, thousands of happy-go-lucky festival-goers have gathered amidst the heat of California's Inland Empire to attend the world-famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival.

  • Carlos Nash