SEPTA's Most Wanted Man Arrested

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Friday, Jan 17, 2014  |  Updated 8:58 PM EDT
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SEPTA's Most Wanted Man Arrested

SEPTA Police

Sean Canales, 20, is considered SEPTA's most wanted person. Seven warrants were out for his arrest related to cell phone thefts on subway lines, the transit authority says.

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SEPTA's most wanted man has been taken off the rails.

Sean Canales had seven outstanding warrants for alleged cell phone thefts on SEPTA subway lines over the course of 2013, the transit authority said on Thursday.

The 20-year-old from Northeast Philadelphia was nabbed on Tuesday night at Penn and Church Streets in the Frankford section of the city by Philadelphia Police for alleged drug possession, SEPTA officials said.

When police ran his information they discovered the outstanding warrants.

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel described Canales as the transit authority's "most wanted person."

Cell phone thefts in Philadelphia -- especially on mass transit -- has been a major issue.

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There were more than 3,500 phone thefts in the city last year, according to city officials. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says thefts of smartphones account for 12.8-percent of all the thefts in the city last year.

SEPTA launched a public awareness campaign in last March reminding riders to be extra vigilant when using their phones on trains and buses.

Canales remains in police custody. Charges are expected.

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