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Florida police use Facetime to nab mobile phone thief

A Florida sheriff’s deputy caught a suspected mobile phone thief in the last month by a call to the stolen device with Facetime, Okaloosa County Theriff’s office announced Monday.

Chandler Ridge Carlyle, 18, took the mobile phone when the owner let him use it at a party to call, according to police. Carlyle then allegedly walked out with the phone, which costs about $600.

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The deputy sent a sms to the stolen phone, but do not get a response. He decided to call back, this time on Facetime. Carlyle answered, and the quick-thinking deputy snapped a screenshot of the image — Carlyle’s face — before it went away.

The mobile phone of the owner verified the photo showed Carlyle. Police caught up with Carlyle on Sunday and checked his driver’s license to ensure Carlyle was in the screenshot.

Carlyle was arrested and charged with grand theft.

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