Sheriff's Office nabs 3 wanted in nationwide for stealing cell phones at concerts, festivals

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men wanted nationwide for stealing cell phones from people at festivals and concerts.

Arrested were Edward Javier Garcia-Castano and Estivenson Blanco-Rubiano, both 34, and 25-year-old

Wilmer Arias-Arias.   

According to a Sheriff’s Office report, for the past 12 months, pickpocket groups have been traveling the United States stealing phones. They attended music festivals and concerts and stole phones from victims’ pockets and purses.

The phones were then immediately placed into “airplane” mode. In some cases, they would also remove the SIM card. The phones were then shipped out of the area.

On Oct. 19, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office intercepted a package from Austin, Texas. Inside the package were more than 100 newer model phones, with a vast majority being iPhones, the report stated. Several owners of the phones were contacted and advised they were stolen from a music festival in Austin, Texas in early October.

On Tuesday, Wilmer Arias-Arias tried to pick up the package. He was detained for questioning along with the two other suspects. All three were arrested for possession of marijuana, and Arias-Arias was charged with resisting arrest for providing a false name to detectives on scene.

Anyone with information regarding this case or others like it are asked to contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS, where information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.