BAYONNE, NJ – Local police used a lost cell phone to solve a car burglary case on Thursday afternoon.

Ashley Pitre, 31, was arrested and charged with burglary after police found her cell phone in someone else’s car near East 18th Street.

Police found the phone after being called by a local resident who saw a woman going through one of his tenant’s car. When the resident approached the woman, he said Pitre “abruptly” left the scene towards Avenue C.

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The car’s owner confirmed to police that items found in the car were supposed to be in the glove compartment, but nothing was missing. During the search of the car, police found Pitre’s cell phone in the front seat. The resident who originally called police confirmed through a picture on the phone that Pitre was the woman who entered the vehicle.

Police circulated the picture to the rest of the department. However, the reporting resident saw Pitre a short time later on 18th Street and Broadway, where police arrested her without incident.    

Aside from burglary, Pitre was charged with criminal attempt theft and taken to Hudson County Jail.