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Note to smartphone thieves: Don’t answer FaceTime calls from the police

An Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputy snapped a photo, left, of Chandler Ridge Carlyle, 18, when Carlyle answered the deputy’s FaceTime call on an allegedly stolen smartphone.
An Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputy snapped a photo, left, of Chandler Ridge Carlyle, 18, when Carlyle answered the deputy’s FaceTime call on an allegedly stolen smartphone. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

A man accused of stealing a smartphone made a mistake when he answered a FaceTime call on the phone, Florida authorities say.

The call came from an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who snapped a photo of Chandler Ridge Carlyle, 18, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., when he answered, reports the sheriff’s office on Facebook. The deputy showed the photo the phone’s owner, who identified Carlyle as the person who took his phone.

Carlyle now faces grand theft charges in connection with the April 30 incident, the sheriff’s office said. Carlyle had reportedly asked to borrow the phone to call for a ride home, then left without returning the phone. A text message from the deputy asking for the phone’s return went unanswered, prompting the FaceTime call.

The FaceTime app for mobile devices allows users to chat via video.

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