Boston police follow cybertrail to alleged cellphone thief

A 54-year-old Boston man was arrested after Boston police allegedly tracked a stolen iPhone to his backpack, Suffolk prosecutors said.

On Monday morning, a few South End residents reported a break-in at their Rutland Square home.

When police arrived at about 10:15 a.m., they found that several items had been stolen, police said.


One of the victims was able to track his stolen iPhone to the MBTA’s Massachusetts Avenue station using the Find my iPhone app, police said.

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People can use the app to track lost or stolen electronics and to activate an alarm on the stolen device.

Officers went to the station and had the man use the app to sound the alarm. Officers heard the ringing on the subway platform coming from a man’s backpack, they said.

Police said they opened the bag and found the stolen cellphone as well as the other items.

Raymond Garcia, the owner of the backpack, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering a dwelling during the day and buying, receiving, and concealing stolen goods, police said.


Garcia pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday. He was held on $20,000 cash bail and ordered to wear a GPS monitor if he posts bail, prosecutors said.

He is to return to court June 30.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
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