This Happened

Ex-Con Who Hid Stolen iPhone Up His Butt Foiled When It Started Ringing

Butt dialed.
Juuuust right. (Photo: Apple.com)

Juuuust right. (Photo: Apple.com)

There are so many ways to steal an iPhone, and unless you just like the feel of it, shoving one up your butt probably shouldn’t be one of them. An ex-con tried pulling that off last weekend by tucking the Apple device up his tush in an attempt to hide it. However, his brilliant plot was foiled after the victim located the phone via an app, which pointed out his location at a West Village police station, and retrieved it.

Trent Patterson, 47, and four other suspects were arrested early Friday morning after allegedly robbing a Ted Baker boutique in the Meatpacking District, according to the New York Post. A food vendor saw the group break-in to the shop and called the cops. Following their arrest, they were transported to a station in the Sixth Precinct.

The iPhone 5 owner, a 27-year-old man, called the phone once he arrived at the station and heard his ringtone emanating from Mr. Patterson’s butt.  The ex-con admitted to stealing the phone, although it’s unclear how long he had it stored up there. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

Hopefully the owner has AppleCare.

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