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33 arrested, 2 hospitalized, cellphone theft ring discovered at Nocturnal Wonderland in Devore

By in Press Enterprise on September 16, 2017

By Alex Groves This photo was taken during the 2016 iteration of electronic dance music festival Nocturnal Wonderland. More than 34 arrests were made on the first day of Nocturnal Wonderland 2017. (Courtesy of Insomniac Communications)

33 people were arrested, two people were hospitalized and more than 40 stolen cellphones were recovered on the first night of Nocturnal Wonderland 2017 at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore, sheriff’s officials say.

More than 16,300 people were at the first of the two-night electronic dance music festival, according to a San Bernardino County sheriff’s news release.

Seven people people were arrested on suspicion of crimes ranging from public drunkenness and drug possession to outstanding warrants, according to the release.

Another 21 people were arrested by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for other alcohol-related offenses, the release says.

Five more people were arrested after authorities say they uncovered a theft ring at the event and recovered more than 40 stolen phones.

Two people were taken the hospital for “medical issues requiring additional treatment,” according to the release.

This is not the only Southern California music festival this year where a widespread ring of cellphone theft was discovered.

Cellphone theft was an issue during both the first and second weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio back in April.

On the first weekend, a 36-year-old New York man was arrested as a suspect in the theft of more than 100 phones.

Several festival-goers noticed their phones missing and activated the “Find My Phone” feature, which provides users with the GPS location of their device, Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall said.

Those people ended up following the suspect, Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, through the venue and he was “quickly detained by security until law enforcement officers could arrive,” Marshall said.

On the second weekend, Indio officers and members of the Riverside […]    

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