Cops: Man buys back his lost phone — minus the SIM card

03/10/2015 3:21 PM |

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.

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