Forgotten Phone Leads To Burglary Bust

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 8:50am

Burglar leaves behind charging cell phone when home owners return; cops use it to bust him.

A suspected serial burglar is behind bars after leaving his phone behind for one of his victims to find.

A man entering his mother's Silver Spring, Maryland home Wednesday evening heard a commotion upstairs.

When he went to investigate he found a broken window and saw tracks in the snow below.

He also found a cell phone and charger plugged into the wall.

Police were able to trace the phone to 25-year-old Cody Wilkins.

The power had been out at Wilkins' home, which is why he was charging the phone while burglarizing the home.

Police believe Wilkins is behind a string of burglaries in the area that date back to October of 2010.

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