App leads police to stolen iPhone; jewelry still missing

App leads police to stolen iPhone; jewelry still missing
Nicole Bergstrom

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - An iPhone stolen September 28 from a car parked at Alsea Falls broadcast its location the next day via an app when someone turned the phone on.

Police tracked the phone to an Oaklea Drive property in Junction City.

"That's what originally led us there," Capt. Greg Ridler with the Benton County Sheriff's Office said.

The property owner, 36-year-old Nicole Lynn Bergstrom, handed the phone over to police - but said she knew nothing about the iPod, iPad, jewerly, GPS and prescription drugs taken from the car a day earlier.

Ridler said Bergstrom told investigators someone had left the phone at her house.

"After we got the phone from her," Ridler said, "we developed additional information."

Police returned Friday morning with a search warrant and a SWAT team.

Officers took Bergstrom into custody on charges of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief II and Theft I.

A search of the property located evidence linking Bergstrom to the crime, the Benton County Sheriff's Office said. Bergstrom will likely face additional criminal charges in Lane County based on the results of the search, the sheriff's office said.

What wasn't located was the victim's jewelry, described as a gold necklace, two pendant necklaces and a set of aquamarine pearl shaped earrings with a matching aquamarine necklace.

The victim told the sheriff's office that the jewelry had great sentimental value. The recovery of the jewelry remains a priority with the Benton County Sheriffs Office. Anyone with information about the jewelry is asked to contact the Benton County Sheriffs Office at (541) 766-6858 and ask for Deputy Adam Miller.