Boy's denial of thefts interrupted by ringing cellphones

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 jcox@tampabay.com.

Boy's denial of thefts interrupted by ringing cellphones 02/29/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:16pm]

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