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Stolen phone captures selfie of the thief

Stolen phone captures selfie of the thief
Photo courtesy of Essex Police

Could you imagine having your smartphone stolen? Maybe it's already happened to you. After all, nearly 3.1 million Americans had their smartphones stolen from them in 2013. Even worse, nearly 1.4 million of those phones were never recovered.

But thanks to technology like Find my iPhone and Android Device Manager, more and more people are able to recover their lost or stolen gadgets.

In this case, a student from the UK had his HTC phone stolen out of his pocket while in the park. Thanks to his security software that takes and emails photos when a wrong passcode is entered, the student was able to pass along a selfie of the suspected thief to authorities.

Police are now actively looking for the man in the photo for questioning.

Believe it or not, this isn't the first time a gadget thief has shot himself in the foot.

Have you secured your smartphone yet? A few easy-to-use apps can help you catch these not-so-clever smartphone thieves. Click here for 5 apps to secure your smartphone or tablet. 

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Source: BBC News
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