Last week we reported that a truck transporting 22,500 LG G2 smartphones headed for Sprint was stolen at a truck stop in Gary, Indiana. WDRB reports that at least one man who committed this daring high-stakes robbery has been caught in Louisville, Kentucky along with the 18-wheeler he stole. How was this fiendishly clever criminal apprehended?


He drove the truck into a telephone pole.

No, seriously. Mr. Juan Perez-Gonzalez was arrested by the Kentucky State Police near the scene of the accident, where the truck apparently containing most or all of the LG phones was still sitting. The estimated retail value of the G2 smartphones is approximately $12 million USD. The State Police had been alerted to the theft by the FBI last Friday, according to Sergeant Rick Saint-Blancard.


Investigators say that it's possible Perez-Gonzalez was not working alone, but no accomplices have been found at present. He's been charged with theft, receiving stolen property, and leaving the scene of an accident. The misappropriated cargo will probably be returned to its rightful owners, though it may take some time since the truck and the phones will certainly be considered evidence.

So, no toy fort made out of smartphones. No distributed Snapdragon-powered Bitcoin mining rig. Just a stupid, impulsive criminal brought down by even more stupid driving. I'm sure he'll be featured on a syndicated Fox special within a year.

Source: WDRB Louisville

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Navinthran Govindasamy

    He looks alike dominic toretto

    • Petr Minařík

      He certainly does not drive like him

    • Kenny O

      More like a homeless man's Dominic Toretto

    • EMBRAA

      I was thinking he looks like Dave Attell, which would kinda make sense

  • Lazaro331

    Texting and driving?

  • sivkai

    Must have realised that he had stolen a truckload of G2s, not the Nexus 5.

    • cr0wnest

      Then imagine what he would have done if he realised it was a truckload of iPhones.

      • Bronislav Shtrom

        set the truck on fire? blew it up?

      • David Loman

        He would've blown the truck

    • nexus mediocre

      Considering the G2 has better battery and camera....

      • Franco Rossel

        So what? That's not the reasons why you buy a Nexus.

      • fonix232

        And bigger screen. Plus all ports on the bottom...

      • evolutionx1

        And an older Android version with bloatwares.

      • Ezzy

        Define "better" battery and camera? Capacity and megapixels? Wtf?

    • kindrudekid

      That too on a CDMA network.... and worst of all Sprint!

    • vlad

      Stole smartphone. Get caught by telephone (pole).

      • Chris

        Oh the irony..

      • Naga Sridhar

        Karma it is!!

    • southerndinner

      He doesn't appear to have a neckbeard, Nexus devices wouldn't appeal to him.

  • pawel

    Was looking for side buttons and...BOOM !!!

  • Brian Menius

    Sounds like someone went special. Derp.

  • Bronislav Shtrom

    He went full retard. Never go full retard

  • Pankaja Withanachchi

    The android police looking into phone theft. Nice :)

  • Pankaja Withanachchi

    The android police looking into a bunch of stolen phones. Nice :)

  • Derik Taylor

    So he was trying to destroy them...

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  • someone755

    I'd hoped to see him share a picture of his fort. Oh well, I hope the next guy has more luck.

  • solbin

    Don't these trucks have GPS trackers on them anyway?

    • squiddy20

      I think that's more up to the driver, the company he's employed by, and whatever the contracting company is.

      • http://friskychatter.com/ _jsw_

        I'd think that it might be a good idea to add an inexpensive GPS tracker to a multi-million dollar load, but what do I know?

        • andy_o

          You can track a GPS unit after the fact, but to track real-time, you need a data connection on the device, which of course requires some kind of subscription. May only have had one without data.

        • squiddy20

          Good point

  • RaptorOO7

    By the time the cops, courts and whole judicial process gets done these phones will be even MORE worthless than they are today. It could take a year or more to get this trial done and who will want these. Since they are likely to be considered a "perishable" consumer product they should be returned sooner.

    • David Loman

      You can take that picture of the phone on the truck and post it on Facebook with the following: "These LG phones were robbed and we can't sell them because they're evidence and by the time we can sell them they will be worth a nickel. So we are giving them away for free. We will pick the winners at random. All you have to do is share this photo". =D

  • Paul Taylor

    Is there one R in 'moron'?

  • Oli72

    All I can say is jacka#@

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    considering the State and federal guberments have enough surveillance to track almost everyone it amazes me there didn't caught the buy until he drove into a pole. I know in IL and i believe in Ohio they have cameras that can track license plates so how did it take this long???

  • Simon Belmont

    I like how one of the related articles is about LoJack for Android. I wonder if that truck had a LoJack installed.

    $12M is LG G2s. Wow, just wow.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Who's steals SPRINT g2s. It's not like he can sell them and people can just pop their Sims into them. I know criminals aren't usually very bright, but come on.

    • knickly

      Some of the small carriers will convert bad ESN Sprint phones to their network.
      Bad news, I think. I could imagine if they'd been sold, some new regulation on that.

      • Jorge C

        Metro doesn't convert Cdma phones

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Simultaneously texting and talking on 22k phones sure as hell distracts you.

  • FrillArtist

    Wow. What an idiot. I would have long shipped those phones to Mexico where they take CDMA devices with bad ESNs.

    • David Loman

      CDMAs phone are about to disappear in Mexico. There is only one company left who sells them and since everybody want an iPhone or a Galaxy, they are no longer buying CDMA phones. Trust me, I'm here

  • falcon

    give me one please ??!! :)

  • Slawootsky

    Damn I love the AP authors' style.

  • remister

    Thumbnail caption: badboysbadboys

  • Obaidur Rahman

    He was probably looking for the power button and boom comes the telephone pole. He probably saw the button was on the back of the phone when he dropped it.

  • Matthew Fry

    Where's the FBI and state troopers when my phone is stolen?

  • user311

    Was probably using imaps

  • Jeffrey Linton

    Woah!!! A Telephone pole?? Now that is news!! It's amazing how rare those are. Most utility poles are owned by Power Companies. Approx 1% are owned by a phone company, imagine the odds of a truck of stolen phones running into a TELEPHONE pole!!!

    • Jeffrey Linton

      NVM The source article, WDRB Louisville states that he "crashed into a utility pole "

  • tdurden64111

    What is that? Like $13m?

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  • Coolio

    face expressing shows he knows hes f***ed

  • rairai

    Utility pole not a telephone pole...my pet peeve

  • Cao Meo

    He obviously was still dreaming about a big vacation when he hit the pole.

    And he will get one lol