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Published: Tuesday, 6/18/2013

Sentencing in theft of 'Idol' contestant's iPhone


SANTA ANA, Calif. — A woman has been sentenced to eight days in jail for stealing a former “American Idol” contestant’s iPhone while the singer was performing at a California elementary school.

City News Service reports 47-year-old Bertha Alicia Avalos, of Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft charges Monday and was sentenced immediately.

Todrick Dramaul Hall reported his phone missing after a performance at Hazard Elementary School in Santa Ana.

Hall and a school security guard used the “Find My iPhone” feature on the device to track the phone to a grocery store where Avalos was shopping with her son, a student at the school.

Avalos gave the phone back to Hall. He wanted to press charges, so she was taken into custody later at her home.

Hall was an “Idol” contestant in 2010.

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