Police: 3 teens stole 4 iPhones from Peachtree Ridge students

Derek Higgs

Derek Higgs


Keanu Lewis


Kamoni Conley

SUWANEE -- A lengthy, nearly month-long investigation led police to charge three teenagers with stealing four iPhones from Peachtree Ridge High School students.

A 10-page incident report from Gwinnett Police was released on Friday after two 17-year-olds were booked into the Gwinnett jail on March 22 and a third 17-year-old was booked on Tuesday. All have been released on bond, jail records show.

Kamoni Conley and Keanu Lewis, both of Lawrenceville, were each charged with two counts of theft by receiving, a misdemeanor, and a felony count of theft by receiving.

Derek Higgs of Duluth was charged with burglary, theft by taking and theft by deception, a felony.

The stolen phones were two iPhone 5s, an iPhone 4S and an iPhone 4, the report said.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said Conley is listed as a junior at Peachtree Ridge, while Lewis is a former Peachtree Ridge student, but withdrew. Higgs was not found in the district's directory, Quintana said.

One of the victims told police she was running with the track team between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 8 at the school, and when she returned, she noticed that her phone and two other phones had been stolen.

"Officers learned of the theft when one of the victims called the police to report that they were tracking one of the stolen iPhones on a tracking function through iCloud," Gwinnett Police Cpl. Ed Ritter said.

Ritter added that officers from the Central Precinct and Central Precinct Community Response Team conducted the investigation.

One of the phones was tracked to a residence on Legacy Drive in unincorporated Lawrenceville, and a woman at the house said she purchased the phone from another person. One of the victim's father initially tracked the phone from a Bahama Breeze in Duluth, then to Meridian Pointe Apartments in Lawrenceville before it was found on Legacy Drive, the report said.

The person who sold the phones to the woman on Legacy Drive told police he purchased the iPhone 5 for $300, the iPhone 4S for $30, because the back was cracked, and the iPhone 4 for $140. He sold the iPhone 4S for $50 and the iPhone 4 for $160.

An officer and the man who purchased the phones, who was not charged as part of this investigation, initially arranged a meeting with Conley and Lewis at an Exxon gas station at Duluth Highway and Purcell Road in Lawrenceville. Officers detained Conley, Lewis and another man, who was also not charged.

In an interview with police, Conley said Lewis helped him arrange the sale of the iPhones for $420. Conley said he kept $250 and he gave Lewis $20 or $30.