SAN RAMON -- A woman's cellphone fell into the wrong hands when her purse was stolen Sunday, but an app on the phone helped officers arrest a man who allegedly swiped it, police said.

Dustin Freiberger, 34, of Martinez, is expected to face felony charges for possession of stolen property and forgery after police caught up to him in front of the woman's home around 1:30 p.m. He also is expected to be charged with possession of burglary tools and paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Police said Freiberger is suspected of stealing the purse from the woman's car while it was parked near a walking trail. Using another phone, the woman contacted the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office immediately. The app tracked the stolen cellphone to a gas station, then in a direction toward the woman's house, all while the woman made her report, police said.

The woman then called her family to warn them, and moments later, one of the family members saw a car pull up, police said. The driver looked at the addresses on the street, then pulled onto a street around the corner, where police pulled him over.

Inside the car were the woman's house keys, phone, wallet and identifying information that had been in her purse, police said. Freiberger was taken to the County Jail in Martinez but was not in custody Wednesday.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.



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