Police: Teen steals a cellphone, then answers a FaceTime call

A Florida teen is behind bars after police say he stole an iPhone and then answered a FaceTime call that authorities made in an attempt to locate the phone.

New York Daily News reports that Chandler Ridge Carlyle, 18, of Fort Walton Beach, allegedly stole a $600 iPhone after the phone owner let him use the cellphone to call for a ride on April 30. Both the phone owner and Carlyle were attending the same party when the reported incident occurred. The victim said that instead of giving the phone back, Carlyle left while still in possession of the iPhone.

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy sent a text message to the phone that went unanswered. However, when the deputy placed a FaceTime call, Carlyle reportedly answered the phone, showing his face. The deputy got a screenshot of Carlyle’s face and showed it to the phone owner, who was able to identify the suspect. The deputy also compared the screenshot to Carlyle’s driver’s license photo, which appeared to be a match.

Carlyle was arrested and charged with grand theft.

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[Feature Photo: Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office]