Burglary victims track suspect with iPad app
Suspect gives them back the stolen items
Some local robbery victims were able to help detectives with the help of some advanced technology.
Billy Wayne Arrington was getting ready for bed at his Ridge Road home in Kingsport around 3:30 Wednesday morning when he heard a noise -- someone was coming up the stairs. “I flipped on the hallway light and could see a hand go down the hall,” he said.
Arrington started yelling and chased the suspect out of the house. Deputy Brandon Shull of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department said the suspect left behind a clue. "He dropped his cell phone in the commission of the crime which later tied him to the case,” Shull explained.
Arrington and five other people in the house began taking inventory of all the items stolen including video games, wallets, DVDs and several iPhones. Arrington said the items were taken from close quarters. "He grabbed the phones and drawers from between the sleeping guys,” he said. “Everything was within 18 inches of their faces."
When they realized their iPhones were stolen, the used the “Where’s My iPhone” app on the iPad to track them. It led them to the house down the street. According the sheriff’s department, when the victims got in front of the house, a man walked out and asked them what they were doing. They explained they were looking for items that had been stolen from them. “The guy said I found some stuff in my yard. Is this your stuff?” Shull said. “He went inside the house and came back with a duffel bag. Lo and behold it was their stuff."
After retrieving the stolen goods, questioning the man, and investigating the phone left behind at Arrington’s house, police arrested 28-year-old Kevin Lance Henry. He faces aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000 and auto burglary charges.
According to the sheriff’s department, Henry had been arrested in 2005 on drug and theft charges
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