When a woman put her phone down to take a picture at The River restaurant on Aug. 14, it cost her the device that valued at approximately $1,400.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Hayley Sederberg called police and reported her Apple I-Phone Pro Max had been stolen. According to the affidavit, Sederberg said the phone “was taken from a nearby ledge where she had placed it while taking a photograph with her cousin.”
Security footage showed a white male, identified as David Brett Stuart, 30, was “observed waling by where the phone was laying and picking it up.”
The BPD officer responding was told by the restaurant staff that the person identified in the security footage was the boyfriend of an employee.
Authorities made contact with Stuart at his residence and was able to retrieve the phone. According to the affidavit, “the cheetah-print phone case that was originally on the phone had been disposed of at a convenience store in the Southside area in an attempt to alter the appearance and the sim card had been removed to disable the internal tracking capabilities to prevent the discovery of its location.”
On Thursday, a warrant was issued by Judge Chaney Taylor for Stuart’s arrest on one count of theft of property, a class D felony and two counts of tampering with physical evidence, also a class D felony. As of Friday morning, Stuart was not in custody.