I-Team: Police Searching for Smart Phone Thieves

LAS VEGAS -- Two women trying to sell stolen cell phones on the streets of Las Vegas were caught on camera by the 8 News NOW I-Team last month and now police are looking for the suspects.

Tips from 8 News NOW viewers has helped the I-Team track down the two women and uncovered video of another theft they're accused of pulling off. Metro police detectives suspect the two women in multiple front door burglaries.

Late on the evening of Feb. 25, I-Team cameras were watching as Mike Cao met a woman he suspected of stealing his smart phone and posting it for sale online for $400.

When the I-Team confronted the woman who called herself "Ashley" and asked her why she was stealing stolen phones, she looked to her accomplice, another woman who was sitting in a car. Instead of answering any questions, the two women argued with each other and sped off. There were two children in the back seat of the car.

Not only did they leave behind Cao's phone, but also another phone they had tried to sell to him.

People who saw the story contacted the I-Team and identified to two women. According to her Facebook page, one woman goes by "Ashley" but her real name is Chastidy Paulino. The other was identified as Jennifer Somogyi. Records show they have lived together.

Las Vegas computer expert Randy Elrod also saw the news story on the women.

"I'm sure it's them," he said.

Last New Year's Eve, Elrod had a newly delivered computer stolen from his front door. What the thieves didn't know is that they were caught on camera.

"I got a good look at her front face and compared it to my video and the car just matched every aspect," Elrod said.

Metro Police sources tell the I-Team they suspect Jennifer Somogyi of multiple front door thefts which have happened in gated communities.

Both Somogyi and Chastidy Paulino have no known southern Nevada criminal record. However, Metro Police detectives are piecing together all of the clues and forming a case.

Once Cao was re-united with his stolen phone, his friends coined him the "Internet detective."

"In this case, I think technology was able to help track down this person," Cao said.

Elrod's message to the women is simple.

"Don't mess with a nerd."

Police sources tell the I-Team they are in the process of getting together multiple felony warrants for Somogyi. They don't know much about Paulino.

The I-Team has reached out to both women through the phone numbers they used to contact Cao. There hasn't been a response.


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