Law & Justice

Philadelphia Woman Swipes iPhone from Lansdale Saladworks Employee, Police Say

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A Philadelphia woman awaits a September preliminary hearing in Lansdale District Court on charges of misdemeanor theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly swiping an iPhone from a table inside Saladworks in Lansdale.

Chanse Iris Pitts, 27, of the 500 block of Roosevelt Boulevard, police allege, was the culprit caught on surveillance video on July 20 taking the phone, which belonged to a Saladworks employee. Charges were filed against Pitts on Aug. 26.

According to an affidavit, police responded to the South Broad Street business at The Pavilion Shopping Center for a reported theft. An employee reported that her $200 iPhone 4 was taken from a table where she was eating lunch, police said.

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During her lunch break, the employee stepped away to help a customer – her iPhone was in plain view on the table, police said. When she returned a short time later, the phone was gone, police said.

A review of surveillance footage from Saladworks showed a woman, who police allege is Pitts, paying for a meal with a credit card, and then walking to the rear of the restaurant, according to an affidavit. Pitts passed the table where the employee was eating lunch, and the video showed the iPhone on the table, police said.

Pitts then turned around and walked back to the table, according to the affidavit. She paused for a moment at the table, and then left. Footage showed the iPhone vanished from the table at that time, police said.

Police traced Pitts via her credit card purchase and identified her through photographs, police said. A detective contacted Pitts on Aug. 12, at which time Pitts told the detective she allegedly found the phone at Saladworks weeks earlier, according to the affidavit.

Pitts told police that she no longer had the phone in her possession, police said.  Pitts was later summoned for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

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