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Thief foiled by cellphone tracking app, Burbank police say

Thief foiled by cellphone tracking app, Burbank police say
Anthony Romero, 37, was arrested in Burbank on Tuesday after police said he stole a cellphone from a woman. (Burbank Leader)

A would-be phone thief was thwarted after Burbank police used the stolen mobile device’s tracking app to locate him.

Police arrested 37-year-old Anthony Romero of Burbank on suspicion of grand theft after a woman’s phone went missing on Tuesday. According to the Burbank Police Department, the woman had set her phone down on a bench before the theft took place.

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The woman told police she didn’t initially notice the device was gone or who had stolen it.

Sgt. Derek Green, a spokesman with the department, said the woman was able to track her phone 2 miles away near Verdugo and Virginia avenues.

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Authorities went to the location and found another pair of Burbank police officers conducting a traffic stop seemingly unrelated to the theft, according to Green. The driver was suspected of committing a red light violation and had a suspended license.

He was eventually identified as Romero and his car was impounded.

During a search of the vehicle, Green said officers found the woman’s stolen phone in the car’s center console.

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