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The phone is smart, and the thief is not

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The phone is smart, and the thief is not

The investigation into the theft of a woman's iPhone in McDonough, Ga., got a major break when they got a photo of the man who is now the prime suspect. They got that photo when it was posted to the victim's Facebook page. "The suspect apparently took a picture of himself on the victim's phone, and due to her settings, it automatically uploaded to her Facebook page," Henry County police Maj. Jason Bolton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's just real exciting to have a picture that the quality is this good." He thinks the photo will make it easy to find the suspect. Another satisfied Apple customer.

App lets iPhone protect itself

Police in New York also have a really good photo of a guy that they think is responsible for stealing an iPhone, reports the New York Post. But this one wasn't by happenstance. The victim had installed an app called iGotYa, which causes the phone to automatically snap a photo if someone uses an incorrect password to unlock it. The phone e-mails the photo to the owner. And Steve Jobs smiles.

Rob and regret

Robbers' loot creeps them out

A 19-year-old and a juvenile turned themselves in to police in Merced County, Calif. They admitted breaking into the home of Kraig Stockard last month and stealing 50 computer discs. KTXL-TV in Sacramento reports that the robbers said they took the discs thinking that they were blank. But when they went to burn music onto them, they found that they were loaded with about seven years worth of child pornography. So they took it to the police, who visited Stockard. They left with six computers and Stockard in cuffs. He has been released on bail, but faces porn charges. The robbers were not arrested. "They were obviously the lesser of two evils," said Deputy Tom McKenzie.

Robber comes to terms with deed

There came a point in a home invasion robbery where the intruder must have realized he messed up. And it probably came when he broke into the New Castle, Pa., house and saw his victim was a woman in a wheelchair. He demanded her money, and she handed him $5. He really needed more than that, so he rifled her purse and found a $20 bill. "I'm sorry, I've never done this before. I'm desperate," he told her, according to the New Castle News. She started to pray. He knelt down and joined her. It was a softening in the situation, sure, but then he got up and left with the money. Police arrested Christoper Perretti II, 32, soon after.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

The phone is smart, and the thief is not 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 8:32pm]

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