Police said Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, of New York, was arrested on Friday with his booty in his backpack after dozens of festival-goers noticed that their phones were missing and activated their "Find My Phone" app.
Some of the victims tracked down the 36-year-old and followed him until he was detained by security officers.
He was subsequently arrested by police who found more than 100 cellphones in his backpack, officials said.
Henao was charged with grand theft and possession of stolen property and was released on $10,000 bail.
The Coachella festival is held annually in the desert of southern California and runs two consecutive weekends.
Published : April 18, 2017
By : Agence France-Presse