RIDGE MANOR — Mary and Richard Ranieri left their car unlocked Tuesday afternoon at a relative's house on Chestnut Ridge Road and someone stole their cellphones.
Fortunately for them, one was an iPhone, with a GPS tracking device.
With a computer, a family member tracked the iPhone to a home a block away on Boxtree Court.
A deputy went to the house and spoke to a man who said his grandson, a 12-year-old, had come home around the time when the phones were stolen.
The deputy questioned the child, whom the Times is not naming because he is a juvenile.
The boy adamantly denied stealing anything.
Then, someone called the iPhone.
A ring blared from the boy's closet.
So, he told deputies he had taken the iPhone, but the other missing phone, a BlackBerry, the boy insisted, he did not steal.
Then, someone called the BlackBerry.
A ring blared from the boy's shoe, which was also stuffed inside the closet.
The deputy arrested the boy on a burglary charge, a report said.
He was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center before being released to his parents.
John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or [email protected]