YORK — A stolen iPhone led to the arrests of five York residents on Wednesday.

Detective Sgt. Thomas Cryan said the York Police Department was called to investigate a motor vehicle burglary in which an iPhone and a loaded .38-caliber handgun were stolen.

Police officers tracked the iPhone to a home at 35 York St. where they encountered a large gathering of people. Officers determined that several people in the home were out of jail on bail and were therefore subject to random searches.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home, which allowed them to recover the stolen iPhone and the loaded gun. Police also found narcotics, drug paraphernalia and several weapons.

Cryan said officers arrested five people, including 26-year-old Joseph Cahill, who was charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, theft, possession of scheduled drugs and violation of bail conditions. Also arrested was 24-year-old Joshua Cahill, who was taken to the York County Jail after failing a drug test – his bail conditions stipulated that he not possess or use controlled narcotics.

Also arrested was 28-year-old Mark Bacon on a charge of violating his bail conditions. Bacon was in possession of a Schedule Z drug, according to police. Brandon Cruz, 20, was arrested on charges of failure to appear and possession of drug paraphernalia.

York police obtained information from the residents of the home that 27-year-old James Cahill, who was prohibited by the courts from visiting his wife, was at her home. Cahill was arrested at his wife’s Cape Neddick Road residence and charged with violation of a protection order. Cahill was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8, 2014.

Jeremy Phillips, 23, and Jon Souza, 32, were each issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia. Souza was also summoned on charges of possession of dangerous knives and possession of marijuana.

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