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Demanding ransom for phone backfires

Oct. 26, 2011

A ransom note sent via text message did not work out as planned for three Milwaukee men.

The men, one 26 and two 19, were arrested Oct. 16 for receiving a cell phone stolen the day before at iPic, 5750 N. Bayshore Drive.

According to the Glendale police report:

The owner reported the theft after receiving text messages demanding a "ransom" of $550 to get his phone back.

Police had the owner set up a meeting with the men and take along an undercover officer.

They met in the 6400 block of North 76th Street, where two men were arrested.

The third man, a theater employee, was arrested at his home and said he didn't steal the phone, it had been lost.

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