Woman finds crushed phone; son gets a surprise call from police

Aug. 9, 2013 at 3:09 a.m.
Updated Aug. 10, 2013 at 3:10 a.m.

Dora Soliz was driving down Crestwood Drive on Thursday morning when she noticed a phone in the road.

Though she was busy with work, Soliz turned the car around and ran out into the street to pick up the crushed phone.

Because it had already been ran over multiple times, she could not call anyone in the phonebook.

"I thought the person might have insurance. Because I have insurance on my phone, I know I can go get a new one if it breaks, but you have to have the phone. ... I would want people to turn it in, even if it is broken," Soliz said.

So she placed an ad in the Victoria Advocate to run Friday, listing the lost phone in the classifieds and putting her phone number as the contact.

She stuck the phone in the glove compartment of her car and continued on with her busy day, forgetting all about the lost phone - until the police showed up.

"Out of the goodness of my thoughts, this nightmare happened," Soliz said, as she left the Victoria County Sheriff's Office on Friday, where she met with officials to make sure her son would not be charged with theft.

Soliz let her 25-year-old son borrow her car Thursday evening and did not tell him about the phone in the glove compartment.

So when the owner of the phone used a tracking service to have the phone traced, it went directly to Soliz's car.

She said the deputies who arrived and questioned her son said he could be charged with theft.

Lt. Jeff Meyer with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office said no charges were filed, chalking the incident up to a misunderstanding.

"The son, he indicated he knew nothing about a phone, and then we subsequently located the phone, and he had no explanation for that," Meyer said, explaining why there were suspicions of a possible theft.

But he said the investigation revealed that the phone had been found and that Soliz's son knew nothing about the incident.

Soliz, who had to take time off work to clear up the matter, said the headache will not keep her from helping in the future.

"I will definitely help, but I will do it differently. You are trying to help out, but you are inexperienced, so you really don't know certain things to do. The best thing to do would be to take it to the police station," Soliz said.

Meyer agreed, urging anyone who finds lost phones to report them to law enforcement immediately.



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