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2 arrested after smartphone app leads police to stolen phone

Posted: Updated: Dec 22, 2012 04:37 PM
Irene Garcia; Daniel Morales Irene Garcia; Daniel Morales
TUCSON, Ariz. -

Two robbery suspects were found on Saturday morning thanks to an app on a victim's smartphone.

Police say 23-year-old Irene Garcia and 22-year-old Daniel Morales robbed two women, 17-year-old and 18-years-old, at gunpoint near Mexican Hat Drive and Coneflower Drive.

The women told police a dark colored SUV approached them and a man with a gun got out and forced them to lay down on the ground. The man allegedly stole a smartphone, a wallet and the victims' identification and then left.

One of the victims told her brother about the robbery and he tracked her stolen phone to a hotel using an app that was installed on it.

The brother drove to the hotel and found a police officer who helped him find the specific motel room where the phone was located.

Police say they knocked on the door but no one answered.

Officers got a search warrant and the Pima Regional SWAT Team forced their way into the suspects' hotel room.

Police say they found the stolen smartphone, identification for one of the victims, a semi-automatic Colt .45 handgun that was reported stolen to Tucson Police in 2006, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and stolen property from the owner of the hotel in Garcia and Morales' hotel room.

The SUV used for the robbery was reported missing on Thursday, according to police.

Garcia and Morales were booked into jail and face charges of Armed Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, Theft of Means of Transportation, Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Morales was also charged with Aggravated Assault.

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