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GPS used to track stolen iPhone to Glendale apartment

February 14, 2012

A 19-year-old man was arrested this weekend after a stolen iPhone was traced to his Glendale apartment via its internal tracking device, police said.

Sergio Bugarin was taken into custody at about 9 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of receiving stolen property after police found the stolen iPhone inside his apartment in the 1300 block of North Columbus Avenue, according to Glendale Police Department reports.

A Los Angeles man called police after he used a friend’s cell-phone tracking device to track his phone’s whereabouts to Bugarin’s apartment, according to police reports.

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His cell phone was reportedly stolen earlier that day after his friend got into a fight with a group of people at an In-N-Out restaurant in Hollywood.

When the group allegedly tried to drive off in a white Isuzu after the fight, he used his cell phone to take a photograph of the vehicle’s license plate. But a man ran up behind him, grabbed his cell phone and entered the Isuzu, which fled.

Police used DMV records to determine the Isuzu was registered to Bugarin.

Bugarin told police he didn’t steal the cell phone, saying that one of his friends asked him to store the phone.

Police also reportedly found the victim’s stolen watch inside Bugarin’s apartment.


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