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After a pair of thieves stole around $300 of items from Kelly’s Lucky Charms, an antique store, they left behind an iPhone, which was used to identify them.
Christopher Salvemini, Knoxville News Sentinel

At around 10 p.m. Sunday, a pair of thieves stole approximately $300 worth of merchandise from Kelly’s Lucky Charms in Morristown.

The two, however, didn’t have any luck.

But the store lived up to its name. In fact, it didn’t take much of a loss because the iPhone 6 the two left behind is worth almost as much as they took.

Kelly’s Lucky Charms is an antique store that mostly resells valuable items found in storage containers or from Amazon Return Pallet, which is a program run by Amazon that resells the items customers return. Kelly’s Lucky Charms also has a few items on display out front, which is where the thieves struck.

“If they came up with $20 in their hands, we would have given everything to them,” said Don Kelly, one of the store’s owners. “We give away a lot for donations. Sometimes we give away jackets and clothes if people come in with kids not wearing any. We gave away three Christmas trees already.”

The store’s philanthropy also comes during an uptick in business. Kelly said the holidays usually see a few more people coming into the store, but he said he stays focused on donating items to people who need them.

This is why Kelly was so upset when he found thieves stealing from the store, until, that is, he found the iPhone they left behind.

Before the phone was turned in to police, Kelly was able to get a name off the phone when a person on the phone’s contact list called it. He then looked up the name on Facebook and found someone, and later told the police.

“They were calling it trying to find it, I guess,” Kelly said.

Police also found a receipt from a nearby Cracker Barrel in the phone, which listed the time the phone’s owners ate there. Since police now knew when the thieves had been at the restaurant, they were able to pull security footage and identify the pair.

One individual has been taken into custody and another has a warrant out for his arrest.

Anyone with information about the second suspect should call the Morristown Police Department at (423) 585-2710.

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