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UPDATE: Police say that the stolen phone has been returned to its owner.

According to out sister station KTVI, Sandy Barbee’s stolen phone was sold. The person who purchased the phone turned it in to O’Fallon police and Barbee’s daughter Alicia Warren picked it up from there.

Police say no one is in custody and the investigation is on-going.


Alicia Warren and Sandy Barbee are upset over the loss of a cell phone and it’s all linked to a picture posted on Facebook. Barbee was shopping for work supplies at an O’Fallon Sam’s Club on Tuesday night when she went to the bathroom washed her hands and discovered her iPhone 5 was missing.

Barbee did everything possible to find her phone including asking employees at the store for help.

Hours later a selfie of an unknown woman showed up on Sandy’s Facebook page along with a vulgar post.

“She’s posting pictures on my Facebook page where my friends are,” said Barbee.

The post was so outrageous Barbee’s daughter Alicia Warren shared it with hundreds of people online hoping to identify the woman.

“Why would you post your picture else’s Facebook page if you steal someone`s phone and take some pictures of yourself, we now we know who you are and what you look like,” Warren said.

The family also called the phone to try and recover it and got a wild response.

‘They answered the phone a girl used four letter words and said if you want your phone you better give me money.’ said Barbee

Now O`Fallon, Illinois police are investigating the case and want to know who took the picture and why.Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 3.00.38 PM

“Without my phone I am lost because that’s my only phone I don’t have a house phone. It’s for my business. They have a lot of nerve to do this they should’ve returned it I would’ve been thankful,” Barbee said.

O’Fallon Illinois Police Tip Line: 618-624-4545

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