This man used Craigslist to lead police to his stolen phone and the thief

craigslist phone thief arrested news smartphone theft
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having your phone stolen, have a good look at Craigslist after reporting it to the police; because not only could your phone be for sale on the site, the thief could be the one selling it. That’s what happened to an unnamed man in New Orleans recently, prompting the police to issue a warning to criminals, saying they may become victims themselves when trying to sell stolen property on the website.

Reported by local news source, the unlucky smartphone owner had put his device down while scanning items at a self-service checkout, only to find out it had been picked up by someone else when he went to retrieve it.

Left without a phone, the man went home and decided to look for a replacement, turning to online classifieds site Craigslist. While browsing for a comparable model, he found one that sounded extremely familiar. Sensibly, he alerted police about the situation, rather than going to confront the thief himself. Now in control, the police set up a fake buy with the thief.

Police met India Carmouche — seller and suspected thief — at a restaurant to ‘purchase’ the phone, and when the officers identified themselves, she tried to make a run for it. Other officers outside the restaurant quickly arrested her before she could escape. She has since been charged with possession of stolen property and resisting arrest. Although it’s not stated in the report, we’d assume the previous owner was (or will be soon) reunited with his lost phone.

Police chief Randy Smith is quoted in the story. “We quite frequently warn legitimate buyers and sellers about the dangers of Craiglist, but rarely do we issue a warning to criminals. You may also become a ‘victim’ on Craigslist when trying to sell stolen property.”

Remember, if you do find yourself in a similar situation, get the police involved and don’t try to handle it yourself. One 18-year-old was shot and killed after trying to recover his stolen phone earlier this year.

Smart Home

Ring security camera catches man licking the doorbell for hours

A family in Salinas, California had their Ring camera capture something pretty unexpected: a man licking the doorbell outside of their home for more than three hours. The incident took place around 5:00 a.m.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to 'Roma'

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Norsemen’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

Epic sci-fi novels you should read before they become blockbuster films

You can get ahead of the next crop of science-fiction movies coming out of Hollywood by picking up the books that inspired them. We compiled a list of books you can add to your reading list now to get a glimpse of the future.

The most expensive Galaxy S10 could be the priciest Galaxy phone we've seen

Not long now; with 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.

Yes, Android apps can run on your PC, and it's easier than you think

Wish you knew how to run Android apps in Windows? It's easier than you might think and there are a number of different ways to do it. In this guide, we break down the steps so you can follow along with ease.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…

Unleash your inner artist with the best drawing apps for the iPad Pro

The best drawing apps for the iPad Pro turn Apple's robust tablet into a canvas worthy of a true artist. Here are 20 of our current favorites, whether you're looking to keep things simple or take your art to the next level.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019: Complete Coverage

There's no bigger show for mobile tech geeks than Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain: where flagship phones are born and intriguing new wearables shine. And this year, where foldable phones and 5G are likely to dominate the news. For…

C you soon? Rumors swirl of a USB-C port on 2019 iPhones

While it's not been long since the last iPhones launched, rumors for the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.

Biometric phone unlocks can’t be forced by feds, says U.S. judge

Fingerprint and face unlocks used to not be protected by the Fifth Amendment, but that may soon change. A judge in California has ruled biometric unlocking methods of all kinds are protected in the same way as passcodes.

The Note 8 and S8 range now have access to the Android Pie beta

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.

The Motorola Razr may return as a foldable phone — for $1,500

The Motorola Razr V3 is one of the world's most iconic phones, and it could be making a stylistic return in the form of a foldable Motorola smartphone -- but it may cost around $1,500. Is the nostalgia worth it?

The iPhone XS Battery Case's battery has a smaller capacity than previous cases

Apple has been rumored to be working on a new iPhone battery case for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now, those new cases are finally here, offering seven hours of extra use for each iPhone and are available for $129.