While People Were Busy Enjoying At The Coachella Festival, This Man Was Stealing!
Coachella was just last weekend and whilst thousands watched legendary artists like Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar there was one man who was more concerned with something else, stealing phones.
The festival which takes place in Indio, California, makes nearly $100 million in revenue, attracting nearly 125,000 fans of different types of music. It is spread over two consecutive weekends and spans over 642 acres. But whilst many people were enjoying the festival and the music, drinking and singing along to their favourite artists, Renaldo De Jesus Henao was busy pickpocketing festival goers.
36-year-old De Jesus Henao from New Yorker managed to pocket more than 100 phones from everyone before being busted by an app. Now with technology only get better every day, it’s no surprise at how easy it’s become to locate your device. With the ‘find my iphone’ app which led them straight to the perp. Indio Police Sergeant Dan Marshall said; “A bunch of people activated their ‘find my phone’ and point saying, ‘Hey, it’s that guy, my phone, my dot, it’s moving with that guy’.
” Coachella security apprehended Renaldo, handing him over to the authorities. Eventually, it was discovered that he had 100 stolen phones on his persons. So far at least twenty phones have been claimed by their owners and he’s been arrested for grand theft as well as receiving stolen property. After being released on Monday on a bail of $10,000, but will appear in county judge on May 26th. At most he would receive three years in prison.
Marshal has warned people cautioning them not to be so careless at festivals saying; “We’re talking about a lot of people here, and people can get easily distracted when watching another act. I mean, with the lasers, the videos, the sounds, there’s a lot of stuff going on. And if you put one of these new iPhone 7s in the outermost pocket [of a backpack] or in your back pocket, they’re sticking like eight inches out and you’re bouncing into 100,000 people.”
These festival are where criminals lurk to find easy targets and that’s why it’s best to closely guard any valuables because you won’t know it’s gone until much later.