iPad Thief’s Foolish Selfie Gets Him Busted

The popularity of selfies made them the Oxford Dictionary's "Word of the Year" in 2013

Note: this isn’t an image of the thief in question.

Police in Milan busted an iPad thief who used the device to take photos of himself, apparently unaware that the images could be accessed remotely.

The device was swiped from its 52-year-old owner during a family vacation in Venice last March. When the owner later spotted photos of the suspect on iCloud, he turned the evidence over to police.

They identified the culprit as “renowned local thief” Luigi G. They arrested him for possession of stolen property and returned the iPad to its owner.

Theft of Apple devices has increased in recent years. A report from November suggested that the theft of iOS devices has driven San Francisco crime to its highest level in five years.

According to police, muggings and robberies spike whenever a new device is introduced.


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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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