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Man Cashes in stolen cellphone, faces jail time

December 5, 2013

Information from an automated kiosk that provides cash for electronics has provided enough information to file felony charges against a local man, authorities said.

Court records show Rafael Joyner, 18, was charged Nov. 25 with one count of possession of stolen property; information in his case was not available for review until Thursday, when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

According to an affidavit filed in court, the victim called police Nov. 13 to report her smartphone had been stolen from a table in south central Lawton on Nov. 1.

Police Detective Mark Mason searched Leads Online, a website used by pawnshops and secondhand stores to report transactions, and the serial number for her cell phone showed up. According to the site, her phone had been sold at 5:57 p.m. Nov. 1 at the EcoATM kiosk at Central Mall.

EcoATMs were created, according to the company's website, to provide consumers with an environmentally safe alternative to throwing away old electronics or keeping them piled up in a drawer.

The buying and selling of electronics is a trade as old as the Macintosh itself, so it's not new for thieves to get in on the action. EcoATM was created, however, with law enforcement concerns in mind.

According to the site, sellers must begin their transactions by inserting a valid photo ID into the machine. An image of the ID is transmitted to the company's headquarters along with images captured by the webcam on the machine in order for a person to verify the person using the machine is the person associated with the ID card.

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