As of Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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UPDATE: Two women have been charged in the phone theft. To see the story, click here.
ALBANY, Ga. — UPDATE: The Herald has received a report from the man in the photo's father who says that his son was questioned by police and then released without being charged. The Herald is working to verify the father's statement with police and will update this story once we do.
When a purse with the owner’s phone inside was stolen from a car at Westwind Apartments on March 31, the victim may have thought she’d never see them again.
But in a strange case of techno-ignorance, the perpetrator may have been identified with images from the phone itself. Police officials believe the thief didn’t realize that photos made with the device go automatically to the owner’s Facebook page, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department. At least two photos, which were later determined not to be images of the ones charged in the incident, appeared online, officials said.
The APD is asking anyone who recognizes the so-far unidentified black male in the photos to call CRIME STOPPERS at (229) 436-8477 to make an anonymous tip, or the Police Department at (229) 436-8477.