Thief accidentally takes selfie while stealing iPhone

The burglar briefly recorded himself standing in living room of the house he robbed, before fleeing with the device

Los Angeles: A fancy for beautiful gadgets may sometimes prove to be a costly affair in more ways than one — as a burglar realised in Los Angeles. The man allegedly broke in through an unlocked door and then accidentally recorded a video of himself after opening an app on an iPhone that was in the home.

The Los Angeles Police Department released this image of a suspected burglar, who accidentally took a selfie in his victims’ home. Pic/AFP
The Los Angeles Police Department released this image of a suspected burglar, who accidentally took a selfie in his victims’ home. Pic/AFP

The incident
The burglar entered a residence on Paloma Avenue in the Venice area of Los Angeles through an unlocked door, at around 7 am on July 11. While inside the living room of the residence, the thief grabbed an iPhone lying on a table and accidentally activated a video application, from which he then made a brief selfie video. The suspect, described as a black male, took the iPhone and fled the scene. A woman and two teenage girls were inside the home at the time of the burglary.

Selfie mania
The Los Angeles Police Department got a lot of help from this robber, even though he didn’t mean to do any such thing.  The phone owner later accessed the selfie video remotely and contacted the police, who then circulated the images. Police released the selfie image in hope of identifying the burglar. In the selfie, the suspect is seen wearing a dark hat. The police have sought the public’s help in identifying him.

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