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Police catch their man as iPhone outsmarts thief

Shanghai police have caught a man who stole an iPhone after an application on the smartphone took a picture of the thief's face and e-mailed it to the owner.

Police said the suspect surnamed Wu stole the iPhone from a woman, surnamed Xie, on a No.758 bus on February 22.

Xie reported to the police. While she was at the police station she received an e-mail containing the pictures of two strange men, which led police to the suspect.

Xie said she installed an application called "iGotYa." It takes a picture of a person and sends it automatically to a preset e-mail address if the wrong code to unlock the phone is entered.

Xie uploaded the two photos on her microblog at and they were forwarded more than 60,000 times.

A member of the online community who read the microblog reported to officers, saying the suspect lived in a residential community in Zhabei District.

Following the tip, police apprehended Wu on March 16.

Wu said he turned the phone off after he was unable to unlock the screen. He later sold the phone to the man in the second photo for 3,600 yuan (US$571).

Police said Wu offered to pay 5,800 yuan in compensation to Xie. The case was still under investigation.


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