Cell phones targeted, stolen in Murfreesboro over weekend - WKRN News 2

Cell phones targeted, stolen in Murfreesboro over weekend

Posted: Updated: April 15, 2013 09:32 PM

A number of people reported their smart phones were stolen over the weekend in Murfreesboro.

The phones were mostly iPhones, but one was reported to be a Samsung Galaxy S2.

Jamal Morris had his phone stolen while he was at work in one of Murfreesboro's local stores.

"I just laid it down for a couple of seconds on a table," he said. "I walked away from it and I went back to the table it as gone."

Morris was able to track the phone's location using the Find My iPhone app. He tracked it to the Green Hill Street area of Murfreesboro.

"The police, they weren't able to do anything for me," he said. "It was good that I had the app on there to track the phone and everything."

Morris continued, "I was able to lock my phone so they were not able to use it. Then the next day when I went to Verizon they were able to put a lock on it so they will never be able to use the phone."

In other cases, the smart phones were stolen from a jacket pocket at a restaurant, from a back pocket at a skating rink and from a changing room at a hotel.

Murfreesboro police would not comment on the thefts.

Security experts suggest adding a unique password to your phone to keep thieves from accessing its contents.

Users can also install a tracking app, like Find My iPhone, that will allow them to locate their phone and lock it remotely.

Many people use their phones to bank, check email, book flights and store other personal information. Security experts said that can leave victims vulnerable to having more money stolen from them if they can access their smartphone.

Morris was able to replace his phone with a new one, but he will not be setting it down again.

"You just can't trust people now," he said. "I was really upset about it, but you know people when see an opportunity a lot of times they try to take advantage no matter where you are."

Morris continued, "So you just got to have your guard up no matter what."

Anyone with information about the cell phone thefts should contact Murfreesboro Police at 615-849-2670.

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