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Flight attendant from OC arrested on iPad theft charges

Police on Friday arrested a flight attendant from Oregon City on the charge that she stole a passenger's iPad and started using it as her own.

Oregon City Police identified the suspect as Horizon Airlines attendant Wendy Ronelle Dye, 43, of 673 S. Center St., who police say at first denied any knowledge of such an iPad. After further questioning, said Officer Greg Johnston, she eventually turned it over to police.

After denials she ever used the iPad, police later determined Dye put some of her personal information into the device such as reminder for her husband's upcoming birthday.

Police began investigating on Wednesday, Sept. 19, around 6 p.m., when a Reno, Nev., resident reported that on Sept. 11 he flew on a Horizon Airlines flight from Reno to San Jose, and realized his iPad was missing when he arrived at his destination. He told police he used his iPad on the flight and secured it in his carry-on luggage prior to landing in San Jose.

Several days went by, he said, before he remembered he had downloaded a theft-prevention application called "Find my iPad." On Wednesday, the tracking app told him his iPad was located at Dye's address, Johnston said.

Dye told police that as the passengers were disembarking the plane at its final destination in Los Angeles, a passenger presented her with the iPad, explaining it had been left on a seat. Police charge Dye with leaving the airport with the iPad in her personal bag and neglecting to turn it over to the airline or airport officials.

Johnston said Dye told police she forgot about the iPad even after returning to the airport to work a flight back to Portland.

Police arrested Dye on Sept. 21 on theft and computer crime charges. She was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $12,500 bail. Arraignments are being made to get the recovered iPad returned to the owner in Reno.