GPS leads police to stolen cell phone, admitted thief

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A Glendale man is facing robbery charges after allegedly stealing a cell phone in an effort to raise money to get his car out of impound.

According to Peoria Police Department spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto, Christopher Lopez grabbed a cell phone from a young woman who was waiting at a bus stop near 67th and Peoria avenues Thursday.

Lopez, 30, vanished into the neighborhood, but thanks to GPS technology, Peoria officers were able to quickly track the phone -- and Lopez -- to the area of 59th and Gardenia avenues.

"While talking with Lopez, police sent a signal to the stolen phone, which caused the phone to 'scream' from Christopher’s pocket," Jacinto said in a news release.

According to Jacinto, Lopez admitted stealing the phone, telling investigators he did it "to raise money to get his car out of impound from a drug arrest the day before."

Selling cell phones for parts has grown into a big business said Aaron Baker, editor of the website, PhoneDog.com last January. He says repair shops use the parts to fix things like broken screens and bad batteries, for cheap.