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Update: Austin Police Department recovers stolen cell phones from ACL Fest


The Austin Police Department (APD) is pleased to announce that a large quantity of stolen cell phones recovered from people attending the Austin City Limits Music Festival WEEKEND ONE (October 1-3, 2021) are ready to be reunited with their owners.

Of the 290 stolen cell phones recovered by APD, 100 were returned to their owners.

Due to their ongoing investigations, the Organized Crime Division (OCD) of the DPA worked with the United States Postal Inspector who recently intercepted a package at a local post office and discovered a large number of mobile phones. Along with this great recovery, DPA agents located property stolen from the ACL festival at Austin Bergstrom Airport and arrested three other people for third degree crime of involvement in organized crime:

  • Jenny Gomez, Hispanic woman, 30
  • Lidi Mora Morena, Hispanic woman, 35
  • John Diaz-Albarracin, Hispanic man, 34

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APD would like to remind festival-goers who attended the ACL Fest WEEKEND ONE or WEEKEND TWO to report a lost cell phone or other item to the following website https://www.aclfestival.com/lostfound and to use the APD online reporting site, https: //www.austintexas.gov/department/irereportaustincom or 311 (non-urgent) to report a stolen cell phone. A non-urgent report made on the ACL Fest website will help the reunification process.

The Austin Police Department would like to thank ACL fest, in particular C3 Presents and NPB Security for their efforts and for helping DPA officers locate the phones, which led to arrests related to this case.

A member of the OCD unit will be available at 1:00 p.m. today for an interview. Please confirm your attendance to PIO at [email protected] if you plan to attend.

Initial release October 7, 2021:
The Austin Police Department (APD) is pleased to announce that a number of cell phones stolen from people attending Austin City Limits Music Festival WEEKEND ONE (October 1-3, 2021) have been recovered .

Since the first weekend of ACL 2021, APD has received numerous reports of theft at the festival. The majority of these reports are treated as cases of “personal theft”, commonly referred to as pick-pocketing. In the majority of cases, the stolen objects are cell phones.

Phones are quickly turned off or placed in airplane mode to prevent tracking (like Find my iPhone or Google). We strongly encourage users to record the serial numbers of their devices and keep them elsewhere in case they need to reference them.

The Austin Police Department encourages festival-goers to:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowds
  • Keep your phone and ID / credit cards / cash in separate places with you
  • Phones that protrude from back pockets or backpacks are not secure
  • Keep your belongings in a safe place (front pocket, stylish fanny pack) or leave them at home
  • Record your device’s serial number information and keep it separate
  • Immediately notify on-site security / APD for assistance
  • Use APD’s online reporting site, https://www.austintexas.gov/department/irereportaustincom or 311 (non-urgent to report a theft
  • Visit the ACL Fest lost and found website at https://www.aclfestival.com/lostfound to report or attempt to locate a lost cell phone
  • If you see something say something

The Organized Crime Division (OCD) of the ODA continues to investigate these incidents and, as a result of these investigations, the OCD has made two arrests:

  • Holman Valbuena-Malpica, Hispanic man, 35
  • Johan Valbuena-Malpica, Hispanic man, 33

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Holman Valbuena-Malpica is charged with two third degree felonies for theft from a person and tampering with evidence. Johan Valbuena-Malpica is charged with a class A misdemeanor for unlawful use of a criminal instrument. APD works with ACL Fest and other law enforcement agencies to recover and reunite stolen items with their owners.

People who attended the ACL Fest WEEKEND ONE and lost a phone are encouraged to report the loss at the following website https://www.aclfestival.com/lostfound A report made on the website of ACL Fest will help with reunification. If your phone has been located, an investigator will contact you and tell you how to get your phone back. Anyone with information on these cases, please call 3-1-1 or use iReport to take a police report and reference case number 2021-5032087. The APD thanks the community for their patience as we investigate and process all recovered items.