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Man’s stolen iPhone leads officers to thieves: police

Two men suspected of stealing from vehicles in the Kensington area were arrested Wednesday after a man helped police track down his swiped iPhone, Montgomery County police said.

Early Wednesday, a man called police to the 9600 block of Elrod Road after his iPhone and a charger were stolen from his truck, officials said.  The victim also told police that he had seen a man wearing dark clothes flee from a nearby Mercedes.

As officers were on the way, the victim activated the “Find My iPhone” app on his iPad, and directed officers to the 3000 block of Upton Drive. There, officers saw two men walking.  The men got into a red Toyota Tundra — which police later determined was stolen — and officers stopped the vehicle.

County and park police searched the shrubs nearby and found the man’s iPhone. Other stolen items, including GPS devices, were found in backpacks belonging to the two men, police said.

Authorities said they charged Daniel Covey, 31, and Michael Rigby, 54, were charged with multiple counts of theft related to the Toyota, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit theft, and attempted theft relating to the Mercedes.  

Covey also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and Rigby was charged with possession of multiple GPS units which authorities believe were stolen, officials said. 

Covey was held in custody on a $15,000 bond and Rigby was held on a $3,500 bond, authorities said.

Police said they are continuing to investigate.


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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.


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