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Man wanted for car theft found trying to bury stolen iPhone: Prosecutors

July 11, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

He wanted to hide the evidence, but he wasn't quick enough, according to prosecutors.

Police arrested a man Wednesday evening for stealing a car from a Grand Avenue parking valet after they traced him to an empty lot in Greater Grand Crossing with a tracker from an iPhone left inside the car, according to court records. The man was found trying to hide the phone in a dirt hole not far from the car, the police report said.

Darius Binion, 20, of the 1400 block of East 71st Street, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, driving without a license, and fleeing the scene of a car accident.

Binion and an unknown man allegedly were near 530 W. Grand Ave., the site of a parking valet and the upscale restaurant Piccolo Sogno on Wednesday, when a 32-year-old man from the South Loop drove up to the car valet and got out of the car, leaving the doors unlocked and the motor running, police officials said.

As the car owner approached the parking attendant, officials said, Binion and his companion jumped into the car, a 2010 Audi, and sped out of the parking lot, damaging a parked car on their way out.

Police officials tracked down Binion using a tracking mechanism in the victim's iPhone, which was left in the car. Police officials said they followed Binion to 6951 S. Indiana Ave., where he abandoned the car and then crawled under the porch of a house. He was found trying to bury the iPhone in the dirt under the porch, the report said.

Binion appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Thursday afternoon and was held on $75,000 bond.

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