The Globe and Mail has learned a thief in Quebec’s Saint-Hyacinthe neighbourhood stole an estimated $7,000 worth of data from a smartphone that had been given to a friend as a gift.
The stolen data included contact details, email addresses, location information, credit card numbers, and social media handles.
The man, who has not been named, has not yet been charged with a crime.
He could face up to a year in jail if convicted of the offence.
A stolen laptop is among the stolen goods recovered from a Saint-Henri apartment last year.
The stolen data includes contact details.
A woman who lives on St. Hyacinthes says she and her boyfriend have had a few problems with the theft of her personal cellphone.
She says her cellphone is being used on multiple occasions to make calls to and from her home.
She doesn’t have a backup phone, so she tries to keep the number as low as possible and only makes calls from the mobile when she has an urgent call.
“We just don’t have the money to pay for a backup,” she said.
She’s trying to get a cellphone from the Ottawa Public Library.
She said the person she spoke to did not offer her a replacement.
Her boyfriend was not home when she called him on Friday.
When asked if he was involved, he said he doesn’t think he is.
On Friday, police in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu said they had a call out from the police to the house in question.
A search of the house turned up no evidence of a crime, police said.
A message left at the address for the woman was not returned.
Information from: The Globe, Ottawa, Que., May 16, 2017, p.
A3 This story has been corrected to reflect that a thief was arrested after stealing data from the stolen smartphone.