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Man wanted for iPhone theft arrested

A Grand Forks man wanted on suspicion of stealing iPhones for resale purposes was apprehended Sunday. Tyler Quinn Rodriguez, 24, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft of property, a Class A misdemeanor. He will make his in...

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A Grand Forks man wanted on suspicion of stealing iPhones for resale purposes was apprehended Sunday.

Tyler Quinn Rodriguez, 24, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft of property, a Class A misdemeanor. He will make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

Rodriguez is accused of stealing an iPhone from the Wal-Mart on Gateway Drive on Dec. 31, 2016.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Wal-Mart staff stated that two men asked an employee to take two iPhones out of a case. The employee brought the phones near the checkout area and tucked them into a podium in anticipation of making the sale.

Later, one of the men came up to the podium, took the phones and left the store.

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Officers were able to identify one of the suspects as Justin Floyd Stone, 26, Grand Forks. Stone admitted that he and Rodriguez entered the store with the intent of stealing the phones. He said both men took one of the phones and sold it.

Stone pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor theft of property on Feb. 14, court records show. He was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail with 40 days suspended.

A warrant for Rodriguez's arrest was issued on Feb. 14. He was apprehended by the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, jail records show.

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