Five phone thieves have been arrested during weekend 2 of Coachella
During the first weekend of Coachella, a New York man made headlines after being accused of pickpocketing over 100 phones. One would think that this would serve as a cautionary tale for future thieves that police and festival goers alike were on high alert. However, the would-be bandit’s highly-publicized failure apparently did not stop a number of additional people who were arrested on Saturday during the second weekend of Coachella.
Yesterday, April 22, five people were caught stealing over 40 phones in addition to cash, and credit cards. After reports of missing phones on Friday, the police identified two separate groups of thieves according to the Desert Sun. The LA Times reports that the police believe that 35-year-old Angela Trivino of New York City and 38-year-old Viviana Hernandez of Los Angeles worked together as one team, and 29-year-old Brenda Cansino of Miami, 27-year-old Marco Leon of Los Angeles and 25-year-old Sharon Ruiz of Van Nuys worked together as the other team.
To anyone whose phone was potentially taken, recovered items will be held in the festival’s lost and found area. Coachella also has a directory of items that have yet to be claimed, so check here for anything you may have lost during Coachella 2017.