DENVER – An iPhone thief’s love for posting selfies has gotten her in trouble with her mother, a stranger and the Law.
The 17-year old thief’s non-stop self-portraits automatically posted simultaneously on the iPhone owner’s Facebook account, proving solid-proof of her thievery. The photos were good enough for local Denver police to start circulating around the area.
The suspect’s mother caught wind of her daughter’s crime and retrieved the phone from the minor, who remains anonymous up to date.
The phone’s owner, Rawley Bingham, 23, was clueless of the fact her phone’s thief was so young. According to Bingham, she was out at a bar last March 21 at around 2 AM when a woman approached her and got strangely close.
“She leaned in to say something into my ear. Things were loud, and I felt a tug on my purse,” Bingham said. Before she could respond properly, Bingham’s iPhone and the thief were both gone.
Bingham, who said she doesn’t mind the temporary disconnection from the internet, believed her phone was gone for good until she logged in her Facebook account. Once she saw the thief’s selfies on her wall, her hopes were raised.
“It actually becomes a lot more plausible for me to get it back when she starts posting selfies,” Bingham said.
Unbeknownst to the thief, Bingham’s phone is set to send all photos to her private folder on Facebook. She has the option to post them online or not.
By Monday, the thief posted 13 selfies on Bingham’s account. She remember running into the woman at the bar.
“There were just a lot of selfies of her around downtown Denver,” Bingham said, “She had a great Sunday.”
Bingham received reports from friends of the thief using Bingham’s Facebook app to respond to them. In retaliation, she posted a status update about an impostor using her stolen phone. When one of her friends texted the number, asking for a ride, the thief responded she would pick the friend up. She never did.
Bingham visited the Denver police for her case. Initially, results were disappointing. The officers called the thief, who replied saying that the phone would be returned soon. But no phone was returned.
The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers began offering monetary awards up to $2,000 for any information regarding the young thief. Her mother, who talked to KUSA-TV, said her daughter gave the stolen phone and she is planning to turn it over to the police on Friday.
Denver officials remain uncertain whether the 17-year old will be charged with thievery.