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SHERIFF’S POLICE RECOVER PRICELESS PHOTOS

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015Cook County Sheriff’ Thomas J. Dart announced today that the Sheriff’s Police Special Operations Unit helped return an iPad containing precious photos to its rightful owner.

The victim, a 28-year-old woman from Country Club Hills, had been texting to the device to notify the person that it belonged to her and to arrange its return since it went missing nearly a year ago. The device had photos of her 3-month-old daughter, who she lost to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

On May 25, the victim contacted Sheriff’s Police to help recover the iPad after she received a response.

Ashley CobbThe person in possession of the iPad, later identified as 28-year-old Ashley Cobb of East Chicago, Ind., had purchased it off the street and could not operate the device without the original owner’s password, according to the Sheriff’s Police investigation. According to the investigation, Cobb would give the iPad back to the victim for $300, even after the victim explained the device had photos of her baby.

Members of the Sheriff’s Police Special Operations Unit set up an undercover buy on May 28 in the 90 block of River Oaks Center Drive in Calumet City. After the “buy” was made, Sheriff’s investigators took Cobb into custody.

Cobb was charged with theft of lost/mislaid property, a misdemeanor. Her next court date is scheduled for July 6 at the Markham Courthouse.

The victim’s iPad was returned to her.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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