RTS bus driver accused of stealing cell phones

Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.

A Gainesville Regional Transit System bus driver was arrested on grand theft charges Friday night when a woman whose cellphone was stolen used GPS to track the theft to the driver, Gainesville police reported.

Kathryn Spencer, 45, of 4100 SW 20th Ave., Apt. F8, was charged with two counts of grand theft for allegedly stealing two phones.

On Friday, an office manager at the Hunter's Run apartment complex at 2600 SW Williston Road reported to police that she mistakenly left her cellphone, valued at $600, in the clubhouse restroom and returned to find it gone.

Police reported that the only person to use the restroom in between was an RTS driver. Drivers are required to take mandatory breaks, and the complex gave Spencer access to the clubhouse.

The victim used a GPS program to track her phone and found that her phone went to all of the stops on Spencer's route, according to the report.

An officer later went to Spencer's home, and she admitted to having the phone in the trunk of her car, the report states.

While recovering that phone, the officer found another phone from a different theft case, police reported. That phone was valued at $360.

The arrest report states that Spencer told police that the phone was turned into her Friday by someone on the bus. She admitted using the clubhouse bathroom often and that RTS has a strict policy requiring employees to turn in any lost or found items at the end of their shift.

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