VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Two northern Indiana residents were charged with theft and fraud after a cellphone tracking application was used to locate a stolen purse in their possession, police said.
Lucas Nerio, 34, and Viviana Saucedo, 35, both of Goshen, were being held Monday in the Porter County Jail on $8,500 bonds following their arrests two days earlier.
A 37-year-old Porter County woman told police her purse was stolen while she shopped Saturday at a Valparaiso supermarket, The (Munster) Times reported.
After the theft, the woman used another shopper’s cellphone to call her husband, who began tracking the cellphone in the stolen purse on a home computer, police said. The app tracked the cellphone to a convenience store about 10 miles away in the town of Kouts, located about 25 miles southeast of Gary, where Nerio and Saucedo were using a stolen credit card to purchase gasoline, police said.
Security video from the supermarket showed the victim pushing her cart through the store and stopping to look at pumpkins, police said. The video shows another woman walking by the victim’s cart and taking the purse when the woman was leaning over to look at the pumpkins. It then shows Saucedo and Nerio leaving the store, police said.
Saucedo and Nerio both admitted their roles in the theft, police said.
An automated phone information system used by the jail did not indicate whether the two have attorneys.