A husband and wife team from Gilbert, Ariz. that caused millions of dollars in losses to carriers as well as a seven-hour service disruption in Cincinnati, Ohio, were caught after a ping from a cell tower eventually brought them down because Cincinnati police had been tracking their phone.
Police say that Rachael and Michael Cowan went on a battery stealing spree that stretched from Ohio to North Dakota and triggered a power surge that caused an interruption in a southeast Indiana mobile network for seven hours.
Michael Cowan, a former cell site technician, would use gate combinations and other codes to thwart carriers from immediately knowing there was a problem, and would steal backup batteries while his wife served as a lookout.
He was arrested in North Dakota and returned to Ohio where he and his wife both face seven counts of fifth-degree felony and theft and one charge of fourth-degree felony disruption of public services.
If found guilty of all charges, they each face up to 13 years in prison, according to Cincinnati.com.