Santa Cruz police, victim use smartphone app to track stolen phone [Santa Cruz Sentinel, Calif.]
(Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 07--SANTA CRUZ -- A woman who had her phone stolen from her car used a smartphone app to help police track the suspected phone thief to a doughnut shop on Ocean Street Thursday night.
The victim left the phone along with a wallet in a truck on Harvey West Boulevard to watch a football game, Deputy Chief Steve Clark said. The woman realized the wallet and phone were stolen when she returned and used the "Find My Phone" app to track the phone. The app tracked the phone from downtown to the Homeless Services Center at 115A Coral St.
The woman contacted police and was able to ride along with an officer, Clark said. They tracked the phone across the pedestrian foot bridge that crosses the San Lorenzo River to Ferrell's Donut House in the 1400 block of Ocean Street.
The victim sent an alert to her phone causing it to beep. The suspect then walked out of the shop with a doughnut, cup of coffee and the victim's beeping phone that he was unable to shut off.
The officer arrested Dennis Allen Ballard, 45, after they found him to be in possession of the victim's phone, wallet, burglary tools, cocaine and heroin.
Dennis Allen Ballard, 45, was arrested on suspicion receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools, drug possession and trespassing. He is being held on $1,000 bail.
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