Police arrest suspected purse snatcher, cell phone thief targeting women

Police arrest suspected purse snatcher, cell phone thief targeting women

A suspect police believe is responsible for multiple purse-snatchings and cell phone thefts in Beaumont is in custody on aggravated robbery charges, Beaumont Police Department (BPD) Officer Tony Harding reported June 17.

According to a news release from BPD, police arrested 21-year-old Miyar Kewon Hornes June 12 after a “lengthy foot chase” in the south end of Beaumont.

BPD investigators believe that Hornes targeted lone females and robbed them of their purses and cell phones. Since his arrest, Harding reported, Hornes has been charged with two additional aggravated robberies and is a suspect in several other cases.

Harding offered safety tips to the public meant to help combat theft. The officer said it is very important for cell phone owners to know the IMEI number on their cell phones or electronic devices, and to be able to accurately describe them in the event that they are stolen. According to him, having the IMEI number and being able to accurately describe the cell phone or electronic device helps investigators in locating and positively identifying the property. Tech users who don’t know the IMEI number should be able to locate it in a few ways.

1. Contact your carrier and they should be able to provide the IMEI number for you.

2. Take the battery out of your device and look at the space that the battery was occupying. Often times, the IMEI number is written there.

3. If you have a SAMSUNG product, go to: SETTINGS- MORE-ABOUT PHONE- STATUS. Screenshot it and email it to yourself.

4. If you have an ANDROID product, go to: SETTINGS-ABOUT PHONE-STATUS. Screenshot it and email it to yourself.

5. If you have an APPLE product, go to: SETTINGS-GENERAL-ABOUT. Screenshot it and email it to yourself.

If your cell phone gets stolen, provide the officers and detectives with an alternate phone number and an email address so that they may contact you in the event that they find your stolen device.

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