App leads women to stolen electronics

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

December 5, 2013

EASTERN — Want to find your stolen cell phone? There’s an app for that.

An Eastern woman faces criminal charges after one of her alleged victims used an iPhone application to track down her missing device.

Phyllis Louise Smith, 21, was arrested Nov. 4 and charged with receiving stolen property, third-degree criminal mischief and tampering with physical evidence, after one of the alleged victims discovered a stolen iPhone 4S and iPod 4G in her residence the day before.

The owner of the iPhone, Malissia Hale, used her device’s “Find My Phone” function to discover that the phone was located in Smith’s residence, where it remained for five days. On Nov. 3, Steavanie Moore went to Smith’s residence, where she located Hale’s phone and her own iPod.

Moore later made a written statement to police detailing the recovery of the items to police, who arrested Smith Nov. 4.

Smith is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Dec. 11. She has been released from jail on an unsecured $5,000 bond.