Dickson man arrested for alleged theft of officer’s phone

Raymond Canter (Courtesy: Dickson County Sheriff's Office)

DICKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Dickson man faces charges after he allegedly stole a police officer’s brand new iPhone.

What makes this story even more unusual is that the arresting officer is the son of the officer whose cell phone was stolen.

It began at midnight on April 1 at the Twice Daily on Highway 46 South where Sgt. Jerry Sumerour was reportedly in the restroom fixing his contact lenses.

He left his brand new $950 iPhone 6 in the bathroom, and when he went back it 20 minutes later, it was gone.

The Dickson police veteran asked to see the store surveillance footage and they developed a suspect.

The information was quickly put out to all officers, one of whom was his son, J.D. Sumerour, an officer of three years.

While on a routine call the next day at Walmart, the younger Sumerour spotted a man wearing the same clothing as the man in the surveillance photo.

He detained the man, later identified as 33-year-old Raymond Canter.

Canter reportedly had drugs in his possession and he admitted to stealing the cell phone from the bathroom.

Officer J.D. Sumerour told News 2 he approached Canter about the iPhone. He read the suspect his Miranda Rights and asked him if he stole it.

Canter said he saw the phone, picked it up and walked off with it.

Sumerour said he had the cell phone back at the police station within 20 minutes.

“The man confessed that he stole it and he wasn’t using his head and it was not a good idea,” he told News 2. “My dad was happy, he was about to start looking for this guy. He said you are kidding me right now.”

J.D. Sumerour said he kidded his dad that he owed him big time, but in reality, he said he just chased down leads like he would for any citizen.

“We did our job like we would any other person.”

Canter was charged with felony theft and possession of drugs.

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