Police say uni staffer took student's phone

Last updated 10:54 22/02/2013

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A man tracked down by the owner of the cellphone he allegedly stole is due in court in two weeks.

Arana Parai Kenny, 21, of Porirua, has not pleaded to the charge of theft of a $700 phone from Chris Cherry.

He was today remanded by a Wellington District Court registrar until March.

Mr Cherry, a Victoria University doctoral student was able to track his phone after leaving it on a window ledge in a university toilet in June last year.

After six months he accidentally found the old phone was still active and used software that sent GPS signals to his email address and then found the email address of the person using the phone.

He found a Facebook page and thought the person was a staff member at the university.

Mr Cherry took photos remotely taking pictures of the alleged thief.

He handed the information to police who have since charged Kenny who is believed to still be working at the university.

Mr Cherry has also complained to the university.

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