Did cellphone thieves post selfies online?

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Burglars broke into a woman’s home in California and stole her cellphone, but they may have given themselves away by using the phone to take a few selfies.

A few days after the cellphone was stolen from the house in Santa Clarita, the selfies were posted to the woman’s Cloud account.

She says she doesn’t know the people in the pictures. They could be the thieves; or, if the stolen phone was resold, they could just be the buyers.

A woman contacted our sister station KTLA claiming to be the woman in the photo. She said she bought the phone from someone else.

Detectives received several calls regarding the identity of the people in the photos but say they still have no answers about how the pictures ended up on the Cloud, authorities said.

Anyone who knows the couple, deemed “persons of interest,” are asked to call 800-222-8477, or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to 274637, or go to lacrimestoppers.org.

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1 Comment

  • Melody Stanley

    You can set your phone to automatically upload any pictures you take to a cloud account, it is even a default setting in some apps (with the pictures being private so only the account holder sees them), so there is no mystery in terms of how they could have been uploaded.

    I doubt somebody innocently bought an already activated phone with no idea that it was stolen. The woman (if not the actual thief) should be charged with buying stolen merchandise.