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SEPTA cell phone thief is arrested

Sean Canales

A seri­al SEPTA cell phone thief has been cap­tured in Frank­ford, po­lice say.

At about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, Phil­adelphia po­lice ar­res­ted Sean Canales, 20, at Penn and Church streets for al­leged drug of­fenses. Canales lives nearby on the 4300 block of Penn St.

With Canales in cus­tody, of­ficers dis­covered that SEPTA po­lice had an out­stand­ing war­rant of ar­rest for the same pris­on­er in con­nec­tion with sev­en cell tele­phone thefts on the Mar­ket-Frank­ford Line and the Broad Street Sub­way last year, said SEPTA spokes­man An­drew Busch.

The thefts oc­curred on trains, in sta­tions or both, ac­cord­ing to Busch. One tac­tic that thieves typ­ic­ally use is to grab a rider’s per­son­al be­long­ings, then jump off the train as the doors close just be­fore it leaves a sta­tion, Busch said.

Canales’ al­leged crimes oc­curred throughout 2013. He re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion in con­nec­tion with oth­er SEPTA thefts, Busch said.

He has been charged with sev­en counts of rob­bery, in ad­di­tion to drug pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liv­er and re­lated crimes. He is jailed at the Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity in lieu of $10,000 bail. A pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing is sched­uled for Jan. 30. ••

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