A college student who heeded an alert from Winthrop University’s police chief on Monday helped authorities arrest two 17-year-olds accused of stealing iPhones on the Rock Hill campus.
Winthrop’s Police Chief Frank Zebedis notified students by e-mail on Monday morning that at least four people may have tricked students into handing over their iPhones under the guise of needing to make a call.
After two female students handed over their phones on Sunday night, the suspects ran away, according to Winthrop police reports.
The accused thieves returned on Monday night, Zebedis said, and tried to steal another student’s phone.
This time, the female student refused to let them make a call, he said, and reported the incident immediately to Winthrop officers.
Police responded quickly and found five people in the immediate area, he said.
Antonio James Bailey, 17, of Rock Hill was charged on Monday night with petty larceny in connection with Sunday’s theft, Zebedis said.
Nasia Lamarris Crosby, 17, of Rock Hill was arrested Wednesday and charged with petty larceny after Winthrop police investigated the phone thefts further, he said.
Winthrop officials have placed the other three people involved in the thefts on trespass notice and they are not allowed on campus.
Bailey and Crosby are the only two people charged with stealing, Zebedis said, because police were able to determine they actually took phones from students.
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