Phone Thief Responded to Call from Police

Brian Westerfield approached a man in a Nampa, Idaho Walmart store who had just bought a smartphone. He grabbed the phone and fled.
He got away the first time but when the victim and police got together they came up with a plan to call the stolen phone and talk to the man who took it.

"The suspect didn't know that he was talking with the police," Sgt. Mike Wagoner said. "(They) dickered over the price for the phone and so when the suspect did show up the police obviously where there to meet him."

They arrested him after he tried to run he tripped and fell face first onto the ground.

It apparently didn't occur to Westerfield to wonder how the "buyer" got the phone number when he didn't yet know it himself. -via Gizmodo

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Something about interacting with the cops causes an awful lot of people to trip and fall, sustaining injuries. I wonder if they have some sort of top secret paralyzing ray that can't be seen or felt and your legs just go numb immediately?
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Unless it was an unlocked phone, most likely the vendor already programmed the phone with the phone number (and most likely it was the buyer's old phone number) so it's no surprise that the victim here knew the phone number.
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