Deputies: Woman locates cell phone thief with tracking app

Erose Bornelus

Erose Bornelus

A savvy iPhone user used an app to track a woman accused of stealing her cellphone, according to Collier deputies.

The woman told detectives she was shopping last week at T.J. Maxx when she realized she lost her iPhone, according to an arrest report. She retraced her steps to the parking lot and asked a woman parked nearby if she found the phone.

The woman said she had not seen the phone and suggested she look inside the store, reports said.

Failing to find the phone, the owner used her iPad to activate a "Find My Phone" feature, which showed the iPhone traveling on Pine Ridge Road and stopping in a Publix parking lot. When she pulled up to the location, she saw the woman from the T.J. Maxx parking lot — later identified as Erose Bornelus.

Bornelus again denied having the phone, but the owner sent a text message to the iPhone and heard it ringing from inside the Bornelu's car, an arrest report said. She grabbed it out of the car and called deputies.

Bornelus, 38, of the 4400 block of 18th Place, faces a charge of grand theft.

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