A Riverside man told Southampton police that after he lost a Samsung Galaxy cell phone on March 2, a man contacted him and told him he had the phone — and would return it for $40, police said.
According to a report, the two met at the County Center in Riverside and the man paid $40 to get his phone back.
When the victim returned home, he noticed that the device’s SIM card, which contains all the information that makes the phone work, was removed — so he contacted the suspect, police said.
This time, the suspect demanded an additional $110 to get the phone back, police said. The two set up another meeting but the suspect never showed up.
The value of the missing SIM card is about $50, according to police, who said the suspect faces two counts of extortion and petit larceny.