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Pontiac phone theft leads police to stolen items

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Two men have been taken into custody and accused of stealing a cellphone in Pontiac early Friday — and might have helped solve other thefts, Oakland County Sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies were dispatched to Sanford and Osmun at about 4 a.m. for a reported larceny after a 51-year-old resident alleged he let two men use his cellphone but they ran off with it, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“The victim was able to track his cell phone leading deputies to the area of Marshall and Osmun,” a few blocks east, the release read. “The male subjects fitting the same physical description were located and ran when they saw the deputies.”

The suspects — identified as Pontiac residents in their 20s — were tracked down and taken into custody after deputies formed a perimeter and two K-9 officers responded.

During the search, deputies not only found the cellphone but recovered other property believed to be stolen, county investigators reported.

Detectives were notified and both suspects were taken to the Oakland County Jail pending warrants issued.