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Cellphone mystery ends with hotel maid's arrest
3:46 PM, Aug 27, 2014
5:49 PM, Aug 27, 2014
An app helped lead a cellphone user to the suspected thief of his device.
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Darrin O’Donnell thinks it was only a matter of time.
The Tampa resident recently left his cellphone at a Holiday Inn Express in Brooksville and used an app called Life 360 to track it down, all within 72 hours.
The app pinpoints a cellphone’s location using GPS. At first the app told him the phone was at the hotel, but the front desk told him otherwise.
"The next morning I turned it on and it showed it off of [U.S.] 19,” he said.
O’Donnell said after more calls to the hotel, he deduced that the maid who’d cleaned his room lived near the location Life 360 was pointing him toward.
At that point, O’Donnell called law enforcement. The maid denied having the phone, he said, but a deputy used another application to remotely turn on the device.
"It started going off, and she was pretty much busted at that point,” O’Donnell said.
The maid, Jessica Olivera, was arrested by Hernando County deputies and charged with grand theft. Jail records show Olivera bonded out.
The hotel would make no other comment other than to confirm that Olivera no longer works there.
"I really think that with the tracking devices they have today, don't risk it. Just stupid. They'll find you in a heartbeat,” O’Donnell said.
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