Man finds bag of stolen iPhones at Ultra music festival – NBC 6 South Florida
Thousands of people attended Ultra Music Festival 2022, including New Jersey’s Cristian Vidal.
Vidal had been looking forward to this trip for months, but on the first day of the event, his phone was stolen.
“It completely ruined my weekend,” he said.
Vidal had his iPhone in a fanny pack and says his mistake was putting the bag on his back instead of facing forward. Once he noticed the zipper was open, he walked over to an officer in hopes of finding the phone.
“The officer said that [on Friday] they reported over 104 stolen phones. That’s a crazy amount in one day,” Vidal said.
A Broward County man who does not want to be identified has sent NBC 6 photos of more than 12 iPhones that were found hidden in bushes next to a Miami motel.
The man found his wife’s cell phone stolen from Ultra and turned over the other phones to the Miami police. He posted photos of all the phones on his Instagram in hopes of connecting people looking for their stolen phones.
“In order for you to pick up your phone, you must call our real estate counter, make an appointment, and if you are from out of town, the agent will arrange to get you whole but you absolutely must provide a evidence,” Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat said.
David Batista saw photos of stolen iPhones on Instagram and hoped one of them would be his. Unfortunately, he was unable to find it.
“I’m glad there are people like that, who really take responsibility and want to do the right thing,” Batista said.
“If you are attending an event, regardless of where you are, make sure you secure your property in front of you or keep it close to your body in the front section,” Officer Fallat said.
If you believe your cell phone is one of the phones featured in this report, you can call the Miami Police Property Unit at 305-603-6455.