Wichita Police warn of cell phone thefts

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.-- Wichita Police officers continue investigating cell phone thefts and advise people to file a police report.

"We've had phones stolen, not only in larcenies but also in burglaries. It's a fact of life today. They're bigger. They're faster. They're more expensive. They're more desirable," said Lt. Stanley Cutcliff, Wichita Police.

About a week and a half ago, Jody Klein was at a store when someone took her new cell phone from her shopping cart.

"It was intrusive," said Klein. "I felt like there's someone that knows me very, very well now because I have so many notes, almost like a diary kind of journalism notes, inside my phone and the pictures that are inside there."

Before she filed a police report, she used the "Find My Phone" app on her husband's phone. Within seconds, her phone was located at a home address.

"It was actually very eerie that this app could be that definite," she said.

When she told her friend, Ronetta Norris, of the theft, she was upset. Norris spent numerous hours creating the cell phone case for Klein's birthday.

"I was crying when we were talking about it on the phone. I just felt like it couldn't be any other way. In my mind, I just had to do it," said Norris.

Norris went against police advice and showed up at the home, confronted the thief, and got the phone back.

"I would not advise it for anyone else. It was not the smart thing to do but I am glad I did it," said Norris.

Cutcliff recommends people report the phone lost or stolen with a serial number and model number. Then, wait for an investigator to follow up on the case.

He also advises people to lock their phones so thieves cannot get into their private information.

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