Elderly thief fooled by technology: woman threw away stolen smartphone thinking it was broken for having no keys

Elderly thief fooled by technology: woman threw away stolen smartphone thinking it was broken for having no keys
When you are 66-year-old and you live in the small town of Mezhdurechensk, somewhere in the depths of Russia, you might have missed the last six years of phone evolution just like that. We wouldn’t be the ones to blame you for that (even though we maybe should).

What we would blame you for regardless of your age and country of residence is stealing. That’s exactly what the elderly woman did - stealing a phone from a store. What happens next is comical.

The woman threw away the phone after she found no physical keys on it and thought it was broken. Still, she got caught as the security surveillance cameras at the store caught the robbery.

In the police investigation that followed the woman admitted she couldn’t use the phone since she was challenged by its technical complexity. Also, she thought it was broken as it lacked the keys.

The woman is facing up to five years in prison. Now, can you name one tech executive who laughed at the idea of a touch-only phone back in the day?

source: Digit.ru



1. wendygarett unregistered

why am I pick iDevice in the 1st place :(

2. wendygarett unregistered

Maybe I will consider to get nexus, playbook or the upcoming bb10 will no physical button on it next time, is it a good idea?

22. metalpoet unregistered

Here's a thought! For people that are this stupid in the world, and especially if they are that damn old! Shoot them and be done with it. Hell that woman would die the first day in prison...why waste tax payers money!?!?!?!? If people cannot acept that technology is destined to advance incredibly fast then they are stuck in the past and therefore useless!

23. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

ur no one 2 judge!

10. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

idevive DOES have a physical key.... i guess it was a nexus 4 or WP

18. Droiddoes unregistered

OUCH! She got me right in the grammar!

3. darthinvader

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Man, if she ever reads the Russian translated "Minority Report", she would go nuts!!!

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol..this is hilarious! let me guess what phone is it, its an android/WP phone with no button just capacitive! (since most of the phone today rely on physical button, iPhone and even symbian)

15. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Captain Obvious FTW!

5. nokia4ever unregistered

how could a 66 years old woman (even not a man) could be able to steal a phone from a russian store i cant believe this story

6. wendygarett unregistered

I think the woman is innocent... Maybe she realized the phone is broke and decided to help the store to throw it away... Who knows?

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Ah Wendy, the optimist.

7. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Its from russia so its possible

11. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

exactly! no one will ever think she is there to steal... so they dont really watch her

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ok but why five years in prison?? for something as petty as that!?

16. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Well in the US, its a felony if the item is worth over $400. I believe it.

9. osaFromJava

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Stephen Elop!

12. Shubham412302

Posts: 594; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

5yrs jail for 66yrs lady is too much....

20. lonewolf2873

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Why is it TOO much?? What happened to the saying "do the crime, do the time"? If a person commits a crime, no matter the magnitude, its still punishable as A CRIME. The people with your thought process contributes to why our society here in states is so bad. As far as I'm concerned, the death penalty should apply to all adult criminal acts. Sure would make you think twice before breaking the law!

24. drzonw

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 14, 2013

UP to five years. For something like that people usually get fined, nothing more. I'd be surprised if someone would go through the trouble of putting her in Jail.

13. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012


14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the last line was a reference to RIM and/ or nokia.

17. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

She was looking for a key to unlock it hahaha

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Keys for what? This was a stupid article

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