MANATEE -- A Bradenton man blamed heroin for why he can't remember what he did with an iPhone he stole, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
On July 28, an iPhone was stolen from a display in the AT&T store at 4220 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, and replaced with a broken iPhone, according to an arrest report. A detective assigned the case later learned that Conrad Dean, 47, had a history of similar crimes.
A photo lineup was prepared by the detectives and shown to the sales associate who was working on the day the iPhone was stolen, the report states. Within one second, she pointed at the photo of Dean and said she was positive he was the only person in the store at the time and had been lingering when the phone went missing.
The detective went to the Manatee County jail to meet with Dean, who was being held on unrelated grand theft charges. The detective reportedly told Dean he was there to speak to him about the stolen iPhone which he had been identified as taking and that he wanted to take him to an interview room.
"There's nothing I can say. I won't be able to get the phone back, I don't even know what I did with it. The heroin, I just can't remember," Dean told the detective according to the report.
Dean declined to be interviewed since he said he couldn't get the phone back, according to the sheriff's office.