- Man reportedly claimed he found the phone and did not know what to do.
- The phone owner identified the man as being the only one in the vicinity when the theft occurred.
- The suspect, who was using the gym as a guest, had been required to leave a copy of his driver's license which provided police with his name and address.
A Lawrenceville man is facing a charge of theft by taking in connection with a May 29 incident at a Dacula workout facility.
A personal trainer at Gold's Gym, located at 1250 Auburn Road, contacted police after her Apple iPhone 5s went missing as she working out with a client.
The woman said she placed her phone on a bench near where she working. She noticed the man -- later identified as Donald Cravin of Lawrenceville -- using the leg press machine nearby. After Cravin left the area, the woman noticed the phone was gone. The woman said she was certain Cravin had been the only one near her phone during the time it was on the bench.
Cravin, who is not a member of the gym, paid $5 to enter and was required to leave a copy of his driver's license at the desk. Surveillance footage showed Cravin enter the gym, but did not show the theft.
The officer asked Cravin to retrieve the phone and noticed it matched the description of the one reported missing, except that it was no longer in a case.
"I asked Mr. Cravin to tell me about where he got the phone and he stated, 'It was just sitting on the bench. I was gunna get, I was, I didn't want it, so I was just gunna sell it.' [sic]," the officer noted in the report.
The officer asked Cravin if he would be upset if the officer tried to sell his phone. Cravin reportedly replied, "Well I didn't know whose it was so I didn't know what to do."
Cravin reportedly added, "If I didn't, somebody else would have taken it for themselves."
According to the report, Cravin further elaborated saying, "If I find a phone, I'd just sell it."
The officer informed Cravin about the surveillance video and asked him to retrieve the case. Cravin "lowered his head, walked inside" and brought the officer the case. The sim card, however, was not recovered.
Cravin was booked into the jail on a single count of theft by taking.
The phone was returned to the owner.
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