APD recovers phones stolen during 2018 ACL Fest

February 16, 2019 - 9:03 am
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin Police say they've recovered a number of phones stolen during last year's Austin City Limits music festival, and are ready to reunite the phones with their owners.

APD says investigators with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department in Kissimmee, Florida intercepted a package and discovered a large number of cell phones had been shipped from Austin to Florida. Three Colombian nationals were arrested in connection to the package:

  • Edward Javier Garcia-Castano, age 34
  • Estivenson Blanco-Rubiano, age 34
  • Wilmer Arias-Arias, age 25

The FBI has charged all three individuals with trafficking in stolen property across state lines. Immigration and Customs Enforcement then deported the trio back to Colombia for immigration offenses. APD says no local charges will be filed.

Anyone who attended the first weekend of ACL Fest in 2018 and lost a phone, or reported their phone as stolen, should visit crowdfind.com/APDPhones.

Police say all of the phones that were recovered were photographed with the wallpaper screen showing, for those devices able to be powered on. The website will assist the owner in claiming the device, obtaining a shipping label then notifying APD detectives to release the phone back to them.

APD says this is the largest item reunification effort they've undertaken.

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