DA reports phone swiped in Mexico

Pete Hautzinger

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said the apparent theft of his county-issued cell phone soured a family vacation in Mexico and left him responding to a late-night extortion bid.

Hautzinger assumed he dropped his Mesa County iPhone, or was the victim of a pickpocket, upon noticing it was missing after the family returned Monday night to their resort following a shopping trip in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

When his daughter called the phone number, a man answered with a proposal.

“He said, ‘Come meet me with $100, and I’ll give it back,’ ” Hautzinger said.

The DA said he took a taxi back to the downtown area, but the man never showed. He said he didn’t bother filing a theft report.

Hautzinger said the same night he deleted all data from the phone, including contacts and text messages, and had it shut down.

“My wife prefers I don’t bring it in the first place,” Hautzinger said, adding he usually takes the phone on vacations in the event of emergencies or other issues at the office that require his attention.

The family left for Mexico on May 30 and returned Wednesday night.


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