Man finds and returns lost iPhone then is charged with theft

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Picking it up and noticing the device was cracked and not powered on he threw it in his car and decided to look into it later.

What would you do if you found a lost iPhone? One man happened to find a lost iPhone that appeared to be broken but his next steps have landed him in hot water. Rick Conkling was going about his normal day breaking for lunch at a local Subway. On his way out he happened to see the iPhone in question on the ground. Picking it up and noticing the device was cracked and not powered on he threw it in his car and decided to look into it later. Bad move.

That choice alone has landed Conkling in hot water and he is being charged with misdemeanor theft. It turns out if Conkling had simply walked back into the Subway and returned the lost iPhone to the business he would have been home free. Since Conkling was in a hurry and figured he’d work on finding the owner when he had time, he didn’t think twice about his actions. Check out the news report in the video below.

The owner of the iPhone sent a text message to the phone which appeared when Conkling finally tried to power it on. The message prompted the finder to return the phone to the Subway where it was dropped so Conkling complied. Conkling never gave it a thought that he would get charged with misdemeanor theft. I guess this story should give everyone pause to stop and think of the best course of action in this kind of situation. Unfortunately, until a story like this emerges, one wouldn’t have known what Conkling did was the wrong course of action.

What do you think of this story? Would you have done the same thing? Was it right of the police to charge Conkling? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: YouTube
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