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Stolen phone synched, reveals contact list to victim

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BATON ROUGE - Technology could help police find a stolen iPhone.

A few days after it was taken the victim, Neal McRoberts, noticed a new contact list synced to his iCloud contacts, an Apple internet-based storage system.

"These are people that I clearly don't know, and it dawned on me, 'This is this guys' contact list. I have phone numbers for people that he knows,'" McRoberts said.

Last Monday, a man asked McRoberts to use his phone to text someone for a ride. McRoberts agreed then turned his back briefly, and the man was gone. 

He immediately filed a report with Baton Rouge Police, checked the "Find My iPhone" app, which the thief apparently disabled, and thought he'd never see it again.

Over the weekend, 25 new contacts popped up on his current phone when he plugged it in for a charge.

Names like "Wifey", "Dad", and "Ant" were names and numbers McRoberts doesn't know or recognize.

So News 2 ran each number through a background check service. Most of them had results, some with exact addresses, but they didn't exactly match the names in the contact list.

All of that information was copied and turned over to police.

McRoberts hopes investigators can use that information to make an arrest.

"It's a matter of principal at this point. I tried to do this guy a favor and he just completely spat in my face," McRoberts said.


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