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Thief steals phone, snaps 'selfie' and gets busted

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Thief steals phone, snaps 'selfie' and gets busted
If there is one thing we've learned over the years, it is that cellphone thieves are not too intelligent. In fact, most of them seem to have no idea how to use the device they have just purloined. And into that Rogue's Gallery, we add 19 year old Albert Wilson. It seems that Wilson and five of his fellow criminals all banded together on Saturday night, to surround a 16 year old boy who was sporting a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Wilson and his pals took the phone from the youngster, and ran off.

The self-portrait that sunk another cellphone thief

The self-portrait that sunk another cellphone thief

But the unnamed victim had the last laugh. He had set up his handset to send him emails of any pictures snapped with the camera on the phone. And Wilson, just like every other cellphone thief, couldn't seem to stay clear of the camera on the phone. He snapped a self-portrait which was emailed right to the victim, who ran it over to the guys in blue. No, not the Blue Man Group, the NYPD.

Apparently Mr. Wilson was known to the police because he was snatched up and charged with robbery, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. And once again, we learn that they are called smartphones for a reason.

source: NYPost

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posted on 30 May 2013, 10:04 8

1. Malki (Posts: 65; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


hahaha nice :D

posted on 30 May 2013, 16:45 6

20. some1 (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


what's the point
he will just spend some days in prison,probably will chat and have fun with the people there doing nothing and getting free food and medications and maybe join some gangsters and plan what next crimes to do when he get out of prison and maybe will learn from where to get drugs ,etc.

there should be better laws for crimes, like torturing with electric chair or chopping one of their fingers or hanging them from their hands for hours so they will think 20 times before they commit a crime.

having such a soft punishment will encourage to do crimes.

posted on 30 May 2013, 10:05 15

2. SIGPRO (Posts: 471; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Wahahah, good for that filty thief! What a NOOB!

posted on 30 May 2013, 10:07 14

3. proto (Posts: 55; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


they will not catch you, when you have SWAG!!!...

posted on 30 May 2013, 10:09 6

4. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hahaha......bravo! xD

posted on 30 May 2013, 10:30 5

5. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 245; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Thieves are getting dumber and dumber. They steal things, then take pictures of themselves with what they stole and post it to Facebook or they post it on YouTube, sometimes even admitting that they stole the stuff, and then they wonder how they get caught.

posted on 30 May 2013, 10:37

6. Lauticol (Posts: 201; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Is it possible to activate the option to send the image by email in any android phone? I would love to have it!

posted on 30 May 2013, 10:42

7. proto (Posts: 55; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


i dunno if galaxies have it.. but if you DL some 3rd party app it is possible... i can recommend cerberus to you, for example

posted on 30 May 2013, 10:44

8. ARITRA (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


its possible with applications like gotya!

posted on 30 May 2013, 12:52

14. magnanimus (Posts: 297; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


download dropbox. all pictures you take go straight to your account

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:20 1

9. LAFN (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


Skydrive does this on Windows Phone 8 to backup your photo's with access to them from your laptop. There must be a similar thing for Android.

posted on 30 May 2013, 12:42 1

13. Blazers (Posts: 227; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Yo can also use Dropbox to auto-upload photos.

posted on 30 May 2013, 12:01 5

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 11967; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lock that idiot up.

posted on 30 May 2013, 12:37

12. michael95gt (Posts: 38; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


You can download the Photobucket App, and set it up to automatically upload all photo's and videos you take to your account(which is free).

posted on 30 May 2013, 13:38 3

15. cR203 (Posts: 188; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


Good for that idiot. Someone snatched my galaxy note and ran with it just a few days ago.

posted on 30 May 2013, 14:04

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 11967; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Sorry to hear that

posted on 30 May 2013, 14:22

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Send a text to your phone suggesting the thief to snap a selfie and post it in a social networking site...tell him it's the new 'in' thing for cell phone thieves.

posted on 30 May 2013, 23:37

22. sweetassin69 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 May 2013)


same thing happened to me a month ago

posted on 30 May 2013, 13:53 2

16. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


told yaaa... Galaxy has good front facing cam's

posted on 30 May 2013, 14:52 1

19. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Homey is just stupid and fUgly.
Folks, I don't condone stealing but, if you must steal, don't be an iDiot on top of a thief.

Sadly, he'll be out on bail by supper time (or running for Senator in two months).

posted on 30 May 2013, 22:18 1

21. mydi.maus (unregistered)


nice now he can laugh it off in jail..

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 16:11

23. Socalvenom (unregistered)


I thought this was a website where one can speak ones mind and state an opinion freely but apparently you can't and I was flagged and issued a warning by moderator@phonearena.com because I told Proto comment number 3 that swag are for f@gs there for I shall no longer partake in any of iphonearenas feeds nor visit this super bias website which spends more time uploading articles that are complete garbage and rate the newest copy of the iphone a perfect 10 in every area while they give other phones a lower rating even though other products are far superior in quality and technology. With that being said I'm off to GSMarena.

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