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No charges filed against man whose image was taken with stolen phone

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.

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whattheheck 1 year, 5 months ago

Do facial recognition with the mug shot file and you will find him.

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Cartman 1 year, 5 months ago

Priceless. This will go national. My kids will go bananas when they read this about their hometown.

Terry, you need to cover the arrest and court appearance of this one. If we keep this up, we can get our own reality show in Albany!

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agirl_25 1 year, 5 months ago

Some idiot did the same thing 2 years ago, according to the Herald. I wonder if he ever got caught. His picture tho was of HIM taking a picture of HIMSELF.......how clever is that......so he probably blamed the one who took his picture.

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

Another one of Albany's bright citizens.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 5 months ago

Stealing cell phones is pointless these days. It seems the phones are smarter than the crooks. LOL

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 5 months ago

Albany's DUMB Crook of the week!

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RedEric 1 year, 5 months ago

Definitely a Darwin's award nominee. I bet a dollar he says "it ain't me".

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SMHgain 1 year, 5 months ago

Hey I bet he "found" the phone. Okay genius, time to turn yourself in before some one else does.

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Beautiful_Monte 1 year, 5 months ago

Believe it or not, the same exact thing happened in Savannah two months ago. According to the Savannah Morning News, some thug broke into a tourist's car and stole her cell phone. The phone's camera was set up to automatically post all photos to the woman's Facebook page. After reporting the crime, the woman returned to her hotel and checked her Facebook page. Sure enough, the idiot had taken a picture of himself sitting in his mama's kitchen. The woman called the police, who recognized the buffoon as a well-known criminal with a lengthy record. He was quickly arrested.

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dingleberry 1 year, 5 months ago

Must be a copy-cat buffoon. However, remember he is still a suspect until proven guilty in a court of law while being defended by a lawyer we pay for. Most likely will use the "first time I ever done this" defense.

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agirl_25 1 year, 5 months ago

That is the sad part, huh dingleberry? He will have a public defender. Our tax dollars at work.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 5 months ago

His momma is sure to swear to god it wasnt her baby. Too funny

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bigbob 1 year, 5 months ago

Know theirs a genius from the DOCO school system.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 5 months ago

SMH.......BigBob...you are the genius that dosent KNOW the difference between NOW and KNOW..... Where did you matriculate?

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MRKIA 1 year, 5 months ago

MAYBE YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR OWN SPELLING. DOESN'T

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DRTexas 1 year, 5 months ago

i no wut u mean. i gradumacated frum thur 2.

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MRKIA 1 year, 5 months ago

THE WORDS ARE: NOW THERE'S

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

Hate to tell y'all but this guy's "above average"

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

To what "average" are you referring?

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erock 1 year, 5 months ago

This goes to show that you shouldn't mess with things that are smarter than you are. I bet his mama is proud.

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

According to the news, he has been arrested. Someone recognized him and notified police.

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erock 1 year, 5 months ago

Android lot of smartphones cost more then 500 dollars. That would make it a felony.

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