Good Samaritans lose cellphone

A Kelowna couple who stopped to help a badly burned man had their cellphone stolen as a reward.

A Kelowna couple who stopped to help a badly burned man had their cellphone stolen as a reward.

“To witness what they did and to have helped the way they did, it’s really upsetting to think that someone at that scene was motivated to commit a crime,” RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said.

The couple, a nurse, and her husband, a firefighter, were on their way home Saturday when they noticed smoke off Highway 5 so they went to investigate and found a badly burned man lying in the road.

After dialing 911, the woman put her Bell I-Phone4 down on the ground so she could help the man until emergency crews arrived.

When the woman went back to pick up her phone, it wasn’t there.

The phone, which contained more than 1,000 photos and personal information, was valued at over $700.

“This goes so far beyond monetary value,” Wolbeck said. “You really don’t even want to think what is going through someone’s mind when they steal a phone at a horrific accident scene.”

Anyone who accidentally picked up the phone is asked to turn it in to any RCMP detachment with file number 2011-21341, and it will be returned to the Good Samaritans.