Cops: phone ransomed |

Cops: phone ransomed

In an unusual case involving technology-savvy players, the Park City Police Department arrested a Rhode Island man on Friday, March 2 on a charge he held for ransom a cell phone he found in Old Town.

According to Lt. Phil Kirk, a man lost the cell phone at the Flying Sumo, an Old Town restaurant. His girlfriend sent a text message to the telephone number, asking that the phone be returned.

But the person with the phone, who the police say was Matthew McCarthy, a 27-year-old from Cranston, R.I., demanded a reward, Kirk says. The girlfriend declined, McCarthy insisted and a deal was struck to meet at the restaurant for a $50 reward, according to Kirk.

The girlfriend called the police at 10:03 p.m. and officers arrested McCarthy.

He faces an initial class B misdemeanor charge of theft of lost or misplaced property, according to a Justice Court clerk. Formal charges have not been filed.

Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The phone is valued at $400.

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