$1K iPhone X theft leads to arrest

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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An iPhone X stolen from a North Auburn store got as far as Penryn before authorities caught up with it in a vehicle being driven toward Sacramento on Interstate 80.

Also in the van spotted and stopped at the side of the freeway by a Placer County sheriff’s deputy was 30-year-old Sacramento resident Herbert B. Lofton.

Lofton was arrested on suspicion of stealing the phone and also being in possession of a cutting tool alleged by investigators to have been the device used to lop off the phone’s anti-theft cable and abscond with the pricey Apple product from the T-Mobile store on Highway 49, the Sheriff’s Office posted online today.

Witnesses were quick to alert law enforcement to the theft at 3:25 p.m. July 20 and also described the suspect van - leading to the stop on the highway and the arrest.

The arrest took place within minutes of the theft of the $1,000 phone, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Lofton spent four days in jail and was released on his own recognizance following a court hearing Tuesday.