NAVARRE — A stolen iPhone led Santa Rosa County sheriff's deputies to a man wanted for a parole violation for a murder in New York.
Deputies responded to a call Tuesday about a lost, possibly stolen iPhone in Gulf Breeze. According to the arrest report, the victim had left the phone in her car when she went to get gas from Murphy's USA. She then drove to Walmart and realized as she was walking into the store that she had left her phone in the car. When she returned to her car the phone was gone, the Sheriff's Office reported.
She estimated the phone's value at $579.
A deputy used the Find My iPhone application and located the phone near Rexford Street in Navarre.
At 7536 Rexford St. deputies met 54-year-old Frank Caserta, who had the phone, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The deputy had dispatch call the phone, which the deputy was able to answer with no problem, the report said. Because Caserta had the phone in his possession and did not make attempts to return it, he was arrested for one count of felony grand theft.
It was later determined that Caserta had an active warrant for parole violation for murder in New York. He is in Santa Rosa County Jail, where he is being held for the warrant.