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June 21, 2006 at 3:57 PM

FOUND: One Sidekick

The quest to find the stolen Sidekick is over.

According to Evan Guttman’s Web site, which chronicled the 15-day ordeal to get his friend’s cellphone back, the person suspected of taking the phone was arrested. The New York Times also wrote about the saga today.

The paper reported that police arrested a 16-year-old from Queens, and charged her with possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. The police have the Sidekick and plan to return it to Ivanna, who declined to give her last name because she doesn’t want to be famous for losing a Sidekick.

The alleged culprit, who was publicly scorned on the Web, from MySpace to AOL, was released by police.

The NYT said her mother offered this parting remark: “I never in my life thought a phone was going to cause me so many problems.”.

Guttman, who made daily and sometimes hourly updates on the Sidekick’s whereabouts, had this to say at 10:05 p.m. (Eastern) June 29: “Wow … I have no words to express how I feel right now. Vindication, appreciation, relief…. Just some of the words I can think of….”

He said his friend was expected to pick up the device last night.

He wrote on his Web site: “We both feel that she has learned her lesson. We are not vengeful people. We just wanted what was right … and what was right was for someones property to be returned.”

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