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iPhone app leads to criminal charges for Connecticut man

Over the past several years, cell phones have become an increasingly integrated aspect of modern day society. With their increasing prevalence in everyday life, it may also seem as though they are also the focus of alleged criminal activity. A Connecticut man was recently arrested and is facing criminal charges that are related to an iPhone that was supposedly stolen.

In 2011, a woman reported to police that her iPhone had been stolen. She claimed that it was taken after one of her vehicle’s windows was broken while it was located in an employee parking lot at a ski lodge where she worked as a ski instructor. It wasn't just her phone that was stolen, she said. Her designer purse and wallet were also taken, including credit cards, cash, blank checks and even her driver’s license.

An app on the woman’s phone was used to locate the phone that was in the possession of a teenager. The student told authorities that a friend had sold her the phone. A later arrest for burglary resulted in the arrest of a 47-year-old man, who was apparently linked to the ski lodge burglary. Police further claim that GPS devices show that the man and a female that was arrested the same day for similar charges traveled to various skiing locations.

For the alleged theft of the Connecticut ski instructor’s iPhone and belongings, along with other thefts that occurred at the same time, he is facing criminal charges for burglary, larceny, criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit burglary. As court proceedings move forward, the defendant, alongside his counsel, may take careful note of the evidence that prosecutors claim to have as it relates to his charges. Doing so can provide insight into how to proceed in order to focus on achieving the most favorable outcome possible.

Source:, "Hartford man charged with burglary", Isaac Avilucea, July 10, 2014

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