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iPhone leads detectives to car burglary suspect

(NBC) - A signal from a stolen iPhone led detectives right to a man suspected in two Alva car burglaries Wednesday.

Deputies were called to 2200 Troyers Lane early Wednesday by Adam Troyer, who said two cell phones and two chargers were missing from his truck. Troyer said he'd parked his truck around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and forgot to lock it.

Fortunately for Troyer, he recently installed a GPS tracking app onto the iPhone called Mobile Me.

"I immediately thought maybe I can find my phone," said Troyer.

Troyer and the deputy checked the computer and got a signal from the phone's location. As they were tracking down the phone, Troyer's brother, who lives next door, reported a gun, camera and binoculars were also stolen from his vehicle.

The case was handed over to detectives, who were able to narrow the stolen iPhone's location down to four houses on Rainbow Circle in LaBelle.

The detectives contacted their counterparts in Hendry County to help as they headed to Rainbow Circle to knock on doors and talk to residents there.

Investigators say that's how they came in contact with 30-year-old Eddie Deleon.

As a detective was talking with Deleon, the deputy who tracked the phone with the victim called the number.

The sheriff's office says a phone on the table next to Deleon started ringing.

The deputy hung up, at which point the phone stopped ringing, and then called again – just to make sure the initial ring wasn't a coincidence.

Deputies say the phone rang again.

The detective told Deleon the phone, which at that point he'd picked up in an apparent attempt to turn it off, was stolen.

Deleon said he'd bought the phone earlier in the day from someone he didn't know at a store on Joel Boulevard in Lehigh Acres.

Deputies got Deleon's permission to look around the house, where they say they found the camera, binoculars and two cell phone chargers, as well as a chainsaw and digital camera battery charger.

The victims met with deputies and identified the items found in Deleon's home as their, according to the sheriff's office report.

Deleon was interviewed at the sheriff's office substation in Lehigh Acres and then arrested on charges of car burglary and Grand Theft.

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