RENO, Nev. – A suspected robber was arrested after he used a stolen cell phone to call a relative, and the relative later called back and instead got the victim who had transferred the number to a new phone, police said Thursday.
According to police, a 68-year-old tourist was gambling at the Silver Legacy Resort downtown on Oct. 7 when he was struck in the head and knocked to the ground by a man who took his fanny pack that contained the victim's cell phone.
The suspect used the phone to call a family member.
When the relative tried to call back later, he instead got the victim who had reactivated the number on a new phone, police said.
The family member gave the victim the suspect's name.
Jason Scott, 34, was arrested Wednesday on charges of robbery and an enhancement for crimes against the elderly, police said.