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Stolen phones on their way home, thanks to Austin PD

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by Tai Moses

The Austin Police Department has recovered a number of phones that were stolen during the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. The case broke when the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department intercepted a package containing a large number of cell phones that had been shipped from Austin to Florida. The discovery resulted in the arrest of three Colombian nationals who were charged by the FBI for trafficking in stolen property across state lines and then deported back to Colombia for immigration offenses. Austin PD and ACL Fest are now partnering with in an effort to reunite the recovered phones with their rightful owners. If you attended ACL Fest Oct. 4-6 and lost your phone or reported it stolen, visit Crowdfind. Austin PD investigators say this is the “largest item reunification effort” the department has ever undertaken.

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