Victim sets up meeting with alleged phone thief, brings police - WKRN News 2

Victim sets up meeting with alleged phone thief, brings police

Posted: Updated: Sep 27, 2013 9:01 AM

After a man stole his phone on a Metro Nashville bus, a citizen took matters into his own hands to get it back.

According to an arrest warrant, the victim reported his iPhone 5 was taken out of his bag on the bus just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The victim located his phone by pinging it's location through an app called "Find My iPhone."  It directed him to a home on 15th Avenue South.

He left a note on the door for the suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Chauncey Smith, to call him because he wanted his phone returned.

The two men arranged a meeting at the M&M Market at 1505 12th Avenue South on Thursday.  Smith allegedly said he would only return the phone for $50.

The victim called police and arranged for authorities to be at the meeting.  Metro officers set up an observation post before it took place.

Upon arrival, Smith approached the victim's car and stated he had his phone, and then asked for $50, according to an affidavit.

An officer following the victim called for back-up to move in.  Smith was taken into custody without incident.

He was charged with extortion and booked on $10,000 bond.

Nashville's News 2 contacted the victim, but he did not want to be identified.  He stated Metro police did a fantastic job.

iPhone users have had the option to download the "Find My iPhone" app for years.  Its sole purpose is to track the location of an Apple product.

Those who use the app say it makes them feel like their phones are more secure.

"You pay so much money for it," iPhone user John Henley said. "Not having it is like not having your wallet. You can't really function without your phone."

He continued, "This is actually my second iPhone. I didn't have it on my first one, so I have it now."

Cameron Robinson, another iPhone user, has not lost his iPhone, but if he did, he said he is glad to have the app.

"If I lost it, I don't know what I would do," he said. "I have my wife's number, my in-laws number and mother's number. I would need to find it."

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