Was your cell phone stolen during a concert in Fort Lauderdale? Police recovered 24 phones

Was your cell phone stolen during a country music concert in Fort Lauderdale? Police recovered 24 phones after arresting three people suspected of stealing them during the Tortuga Music Festival.

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Police recovered 24 cell phones that were stolen during the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale that took place April 8-10, 2022. Fort Lauderdale Police Department

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) reported that they arrested Wilson Andrés Garson Ruzzi, 23, Piter Janpol, 28, who initially identified himself as Piter Nieto Valenzuela, and Yesica Castellanos, 29, for the alleged crime major theft.

“FLPD, along with festival security, have a zero tolerance policy for victimizing festival goers,” police said, referring to the music event that took place April 8-10 at 700 Seabreeze Blvd.

According to the police report, Garson Ruzzi, a Miami resident, was singled out by three victims who stated that the man was with two Hispanic women and a Latino allegedly stealing cell phones at the event. He had a blue bag that when a member of security grabbed it he felt several devices unknown at the time were vibrating.

When security personnel searched the bag, they found 23 cell phones.

Janpol, an Orlando resident, was taken into custody after another victim felt her phone being stolen and saw two women reaching into her pockets and then running from the scene, the police report said.

The victim notified the event’s security personnel who managed to apprehend the group that was in possession of the phone. The group also had several “Faraday” bags that protect phones, tablets, and other electronic devices from location tracking, hacking, and damage by blocking all incoming and outgoing electromagnetic fields.

Castellanos, of Orlando, was allegedly seen by a concert crew member with another woman and a man “dealing and stealing cell phones.” She apparently managed to steal a victim’s phone and walked away from the scene, but a police officer stopped her and found her cell phone, she claimed it belonged to her, but showed no evidence. She also had four “Faraday” bags, according to the police report.

Of the total of 24 cell phones recovered, 18 have been returned to their owners.

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The Fort Lauderdale Police Department reported that they arrested three people on April 9, 2022 for the crime of grand theft. Fort Lauderdale Police Department

If anyone believes they may have been the victim of a phone theft at Saturday’s event, they can call 954-764-HELP (4357) and reference case number 22-063714.

This story was originally published on April 11, 2022 10:41 a.m.

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Was your cell phone stolen during a concert in Fort Lauderdale? Police recovered 24 phones