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St. Petersburg police say man used stolen cell phone to snap his photo

Police believe this unidentified man, who sent photos of his face and genitalia to an acquaintance, is the thief who broke into a car and stole a cell phone last month.

St. Petersburg Police Department

Police believe this unidentified man, who sent photos of his face and genitalia to an acquaintance, is the thief who broke into a car and stole a cell phone last month.

ST, PETERSBURG — A man accused of breaking into a car and stealing a cell phone may have snapped just enough evidence to help police track him down.

Police say the thief sent photos of his face — and genitalia — to an acquaintance named "Jewls."

On Oct. 25, police said William Hitchcock, 31, discovered that someone entered his 2000 Chevrolet pickup and took his cell phone. Hitchcock did not immediately report the phone as stolen, but simply bought a new one.

His account makes a copy of everything sent from the phone, so when he turned the new phone on, he noticed someone had used the old phone to make photos he assumed were of the thief. That's when he contacted police, St. Petersburg police spokesman Michael Puetz said. Police were able to get copies of the photos.

Anonymous tipsters can call the St. Petersburg police tip line at (727) 892-5000 or text a tip to (727) 420-8911.

Staff writer Anne Lindberg contributed to this report.

St. Petersburg police say man used stolen cell phone to snap his photo 11/08/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 8, 2010 7:21pm]
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