A stolen iPhone was found in the possession of a 9-year-old boy in Spotsylvania County on Friday.
On Thursday evening, Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office responded to Pro-Tax on Southpoint Plaza Way for a report of a stolen iPhone. At the same time the Sheriff's Office also responded to the AT&T Retail Store on Southpoint Parkway for a report of a stolen iPhone from an employee.
The victim at Pro-Tax and another witness were able to provide descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle they were seen leaving in. The victim from the AT&T store was able to locate his phone by using a locate feature.
Deputies were able to recover the phone in the possession of the 9-year-old boy. The child is the same suspect the victim at Pro-Tax believed to have taken that phone.
The vehicle was occupied by two adults, Louis James Miller and Tillye Mason, along with two children. The adults would not cooperate with deputies and gave several false names during the course of the investigation, sheriff's officials say.
The adults also gave conflicting stories about what and who had entered each store. The 9-year-old told deputies where to find the second phone taken from Pro-Tax as he had thrown it from the vehicle when he saw they were getting pulled over. Mason was aware and complicit in the larcenies of these phones.
Both phones were recovered and returned to their owners, but the second phone was destroyed when thrown out the window of the moving truck.
Louis James Miller was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Providing False ID to Law Enforcement to evade arrest, and an outstanding capias from Stafford for violation of probation conditions. He was held under no bond.
Tillye Mason was arrested for Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Providing False ID to Law Enforcement to evade arrest, two counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Conspiracy to commit Grand Larceny, and 18 outstanding warrants from Spotsylvania and Stafford for various larceny and fail to appear charges. She was held under no bond.
The boys were turned over to the custody of Child Protective Services.