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Mom tracks daughter's stolen iPhone, recovers it from thief

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A Denton county mother used a mix of technology and tenacity to track down her daughter's stolen iPhone.

It's not something everyone would do but she said she was mad someone stole from her family.

Canda Ponthieu used the stolen phone itself to find the woman who took it. On Tuesday, her 9-year-old daughter had her iPhone stolen from a Target store parking lot in Denton.

Ponthieu quickly began monitoring the phone's activity and tracking it from her own cell phone.
She located the phone at a home 14 miles away from her house.

"She entered her friend's phone, first and last names of her friends she had been texting," said Canda Ponthieu.

She said the woman who stole her daughter's iPhone sent a text to a friend that read, "Hi, it's (name redacted). This is my number. Well at least for right now. I found this phone. It's an iPhone."

"She literally was making a call or a text or watching Netflix all night long," said Ponthieu.

Ponthieu called the numbers the thief had been calling and texting. She was able to get one of them to guide her to the exact door of where the woman she says stole the phone lived.

Wednesday, Ponthieu captured video of the exchange. "You don't have to call all of my friends, I really don't appreciate that," said the thief upon opening the door.

"For her stupidity to actually think that she was going to get away with it and that was hers to keep that's what makes me extremely upset," said Ponthieu.

When she got the phone back she noticed a text from the woman who helped her locate it and the thief.

It read, "Hey she's still calling me. She says she's out there on your street she just wants her phone back. Please give it to her cuz I don't like being put in the middle of situations that I have nothing to do with."

To which Ponthieu replied, "I got my phone back. Your friend is an idiot!"

Ponthieu's daughter Mary says she was really surprised this had happened but is happy to have her phone back.

She also said she learned a lesson to always take care of her phone.

Ponthieu's turning this into a teaching moment for all of her children. "Mama always knows what's going on. If I don't know, I will find out. Then number 2? If you steal, you will get caught," said Ponthieu.

She's not planning on filing charges because she got the cell phone back.

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