Robbery suspect takes selfie on stolen iPad

Posted at 10:56 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 18:13:37-04

Baltimore City Police have identified a robbery suspect who they say took a selfie on a stolen iPad. 

According to police, the robbery occurred on May 12 at a house in the unit block of S. East Avenue.

The suspect stole electronic devices along with other property and also took “selfies” on the victim’s iPad. 

Those photos were automatically uploaded to the victim’s iCloud account.

Police were originally searching for a juvenile suspect, but identified the suspect as an adult when he was identified. 

Maybe it was intentional, maybe it wasn't. 

Regardless, Baltimore police say this crystal clear 'selfie' of a young burglar is the clue they needed. 

"This suspect basically left breadcrumbs basically large enough to feed a village," Det. Donny Moses said. 

And in this case an entire street swept by similar burglaries. 

Police say the thieves MO is usually for cash and electronics on South East Avenue, but the thief caught himself in the act. 

"He took a selfie not realizing that the device he took a self on which happened to be an iPad automatically sent that photo to the iCloud," Moses said. 

Neighbors say the news caught them off guard. 

"I've not seen anything since I've been except pretty much families, kids, and people out and going to the park," one person who was visiting the neighborhood said. 

Investigators say they think it's possible the crook isn't alone.

People aren't worried, but they will lock up behind themselves.

"If your criminals in this neighborhood take selfies, you're in a lot better shape than some other neighborhoods. I just don't know what he was thinking," the neighbor said.