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Stolen iPhone leads Police to car break-in suspects

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Cell phones can be a blessing and a curse sometimes. For the Washington Police Department, the phone itself ended up helping them find three men accused of stealing an IPhone earlier this month: but, it's the way they tried to sell it, that led police right to them.

Washington Police say they've been looking for the phone since it was reported stolen earlier this month. On Sunday, with the help of the Pitt County Sheriff's Department, they found the phone at the Greenville mall.

The catch, it was in an ecoATM kiosk, a cell phone recycling machine that gives money for old electronics.

EcoATM's Director of Marketing and Communication, Ryan Kuder, says they have security measures in place to deter people from dumping stolen phones.

"Those scanners actually take pictures of you standing in front of the machine they scan your license. The license and photograph are sent to the operation center where we have a team a people who are ensuring that you are who you say you are," says Kuder.

In this case it didn't keep the apparent thieves away.

"They're still going to do it. They're still doing it. Those were items or items of identification that were required to use in the first place. This particular subject, in this particular case, still attempted to sale that phone and get the money even with those safeguard are in place," said Captain Paula Dance of the Pitt County Sheriff's Department.

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Three Beaufort County men are facing charges for a car break-in after a stolen cell phone led police to the Greenville Mall.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Washington Police Department earlier this month in reference to a stolen cell phone. Washington Police say the phone was stolen during a car break-in the night before. The Police Department was able to track the phone to the Greenville Mall.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office and mall security officers located the offenders.

Deputies say 19-year-old Marquise Davis, of Washington, admitted to selling the phone at the ecoATM, a machine that gives you cash for used cell phones, located in the mall. He was charged with one count of felony possession of stolen goods and felony obtaining property by false pretense. Davis was then transported to the Pitt County Detention Center and issued a $50,000 secured bond.

After further investigation, 18-year-old Dashon Goddard and 20-year-old Larry Warren were both were also arrested and face felony charges of possession of stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy to possess stolen goods and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Both were booked in the Pitt County Detention Center.

Davis was later charged with felony conspiracy to possess stolen goods and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and issued an additional $25,000 secured bond.

All three suspects were charged by the Washington Police Department for two counts of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

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