Criminal Justice

iPhone Outsmarts the Man Who Stole It, Snapping Photo Evidence

A security app on a woman’s IPhone snapped a picture of the man who stole it and emailed it to the victim, who turned it over to the police.

Police are now using the photo to try to identify the suspect, described as a man in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with an earring in his left ear, the New York Post reported.

Investigators say the $5.99 app, called iGotYa, photographed the thief when he attempted to unlock the phone using the wrong password. It also noted the man’s GPS location and automatically emailed that and the photograph to the victim, who forwarded it to the police.

Police said the thief snatched the device after bumping into the victim, a 31-year-old woman, on a sidewalk in Queens on Monday.

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