Can you trust your cable technician? How about the person installing your Internet service?
Orange County Jail records show 22-year-old Travis Jerod Sumlin was booked Wednesday into the Orange County Jail on a charge of grand theft by a contractor. He paid $500 in bail and was released.
"Bright House Networks takes the security of our customers and public extremely seriously. We perform background checks on all of our employees," wrote Bright House Networks spokesman Donald Forbes in a statement to the Orlando Sentinel. "In this case the individual accused of the crime had no record or prior arrests....however the gentleman in question will no longer be working for Bright House Networks."The arrest resulted after the victims tracked their stolen iPhone 5, valued at $849, using their Find My iPhone app on their iCloud account.
"We watched as the iPhone moved from place to place, showing where he stopped, where he ate supper, everything! It's a fantastic service," said Debra Allen, of Winter Garden. Sumlin is accused of stealing her husband's device. "The technician should have known the iPhone could be tracked, especially since he owned one himself."
The Find My iPhone app helps Apple owners locate their missing devices by showing their locations on a map, playing a sound, displaying a message, remotely lock the devices, or erasing all the data to protect the owner.
Allen said Sumlin arrived at their home on Dec. 27 to fix their Internet service. Her husband placed his white 64GB iPhone 5 on his sweater in the room where Sumlin was working, she said.
"The technician was left unsupervised for 5 to 10 minutes. He went up and down the stairs and into his car to get some tools," Allen said. "We noticed the phone was missing about 10 minutes into the call."
Sumlin left their home less than an hour later and that's when Allen and her husband logged into their iCloud account to track the phone.They watched as the iPhone moved from location to location. They contacted law enforcement once they suspected the thief could be Sumlin.
On the following day, a detective contacted Sumlin, who denied that he had stolen the iPhone from inside the house, sheriff's records show. Sumlin later admitted he took the phone from inside the Allens' home and returned it to the investigator.
The detective returned the iPhone 5 to the Allens on Dec. 28. Sumlin was arrested Wednesday.
"I think it's made us feel like we need to be more diligent about having technicians in the house," Allen said. "Just because you pass a background check, doesn't mean there is no temptation. I will now follow technicians around the house."