ELYRIA — An Elyria woman chased down a man who stole her cell phones yesterday with the help of a good Samaritan, according to a police report.
Theresa Wyland, 37, was working at the Verizon kiosk at Midway Mall and had both her personal and work iPhones charging in the kiosk, the report said.
She told police a couple approached her and began asking her about cell phones, “trying to get her to move away from her two charging phones.” She said she heard her charger hit against the metal counter and turned to see a man take her phones and run north through the mall.
She said she chased after the man as he exited the mall and continued north toward Bed Bath and Beyond.
Chanta Chapman, 51, of Elyria, saw Wyland chasing the man and offered her a ride in her car so she could catch up with him, the report said.
Chapman dropped Wyland off at Bed Bath and Beyond, where she met up with officers, who found Tito Lloyd, 27, of Cleveland attempting to exit the store through a employee-only back door.
Lloyd was charged with theft and taken to the Lorain County Jail.
According to the report, Wyland’s iPhones were not initially located, but she said today that she used a phone application to locate both in a garbage can at PNC Bank.
Wyland, reached today at work, said she couldn’t comment further due to Verizon’s corporate policy but did praise Chapman for helping her out.