Bus boy, friend arrested in Eagle County iPhone theft

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. - A bus boy and his friend have been arrested in the theft and attempted sale of a stolen iPhone 5.

Last Sunday, a man called the Eagle County Sheriff's Office and said he accidentally left his iPhone on a tray he gave the busser at the Spruce Saddle Restaurant in Beaver Creek.

The man said he went back to the restaurant and talked to the busser, but the busser said he had not seen an iPhone.

Three days later, the victim saw an ad on Craiglist selling an iPhone 5 and called the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The ad stated “Hello I have a 4 day old white iPhone 4S from Sprint, a black one from ATT a 3G with 32gs and a white iPhone 5 lookin to get money for a snowboard, boots n bindings or trade”. 

Undercover detectives said they began texting the phone number listed in the ad and set up a meeting to buy a phone.

During the meeting, detectives said they verified the IMEI number on the phone matched the victim's phone.

Detectives arrested Alec Pedroza, 19, on suspicion of theft by receiving and possession of alcohol by an underage person.

Pedroza told deputies he bought the phones from his friend, Gary Thompson, 18, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Thompson confirmed that he was at work at the Spruce Saddle Restaurant on January 6, but denied any knowledge of stolen property.

He was arrested on suspicion of theft.

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