Coachella attendees use 'Find my iPhone' to nab man with 100 stolen phones

Music fans activated their app and followed Reinaldo De Jesus Henao around the venue until he was detained by security workers


By Veronica Rocha
Los Angeles Times

INDIO, Calif. — Leave it to a group of tech-savvy concert-goers to solve a case of stolen cellphones at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend.

At a scene like Coachella, where any music act, art installation and fashion or food trend is Instagrammable or Snapchatted, it’s no wonder several festival-goers noticed their cellphones had vanished during the event Friday.

Reinaldo De Jesus Henao. (Photo/Indio Police Department)
Reinaldo De Jesus Henao. (Photo/Indio Police Department)

According to the Indio, Calif., Police Department, the music fans activated their “Find My iPhone” app and followed Reinaldo De Jesus Henao around the venue until he was detained by security workers.

Officers later arrived and found more than 100 cellphones in Henao’s backpack, police said.

Henao, 36, of New York was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property, police said.

Several cellphones were returned to victims, and others were left at lost and found, according to police.

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