Ringing stolen cell phone leads to arrest of Good Samaritan at crash scene

Published: Oct. 18, 2016 at 7:40 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2016 at 11:06 AM EDT
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LUGOFF, SC (WIS) - A 22-year-old man who was initially thought to be a Good Samaritan turned out to be anything but after deputies say he stole a cell phone from a woman who had been in a car accident.

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged Jesse Alexander Wright with petit larceny.

"Stealing from someone when you are pretending like you are helping them is pretty low," Kershaw County Jim Matthews said in a statement.

According to Matthews, Wright was helping a woman who was involved in a minor collision in front of the KFC on Highway 1 in Lugoff on Monday.

However, Matthews said, a bystander reported seeing Wright steal something from the woman's SUV. When the woman returned to the car, Matthews said, she noticed an iPhone she had on her passenger seat was missing.

At that point, Matthews said the woman gave the responding deputy her cell phone number so he could dial it and listen for a ring. While searching for the phone, Matthews said one of the deputies heard it ring in Wright's girlfriend's car and was able to retrieve it.

Wright was arrested at the scene. He has previous arrests for burglary, grand larceny, criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen goods (numerous counts), theft of non-ferrous metals, petit larceny, driving under suspension, possession of beer/wine by a minor, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, and shoplifting.

Wright remains at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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