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iPhone app leads police to burglary, heroin suspect

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ASTORIA, OR (KPTV) -

An iPhone app helped track down a suspected thief who also turned out to be carrying a large amount of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

A woman reported that her iPhone was stolen from the Sunset Empire Transportation District building at 900 Exchange St., Astoria.

The woman was in a meeting and her office was unattended.

Astoria Police used the "Find My iPhone" app and discovered the phone was at the Mini Mart at 95 W. Marine Dr.

An officer responded to that location, but because there were several people at the store he wasn't able to immediately determine who had the phone. So, he called it.

Scott Simons, 23, of Oysterville, WA, was carrying the iPhone, according to police.

Investigators said to steal the phone he went in an unlocked door at the business and walked past signs indicating "authorized personnel only" into the private office of the victim.

Police said Simons was on probation for aggravated theft.

Officers also said he was carrying a large amount of drug paraphernalia and heroin residue. He is facing charges of burglary, theft and possession of heroin.

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