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.
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.
- A Denver woman made the horrifying discovery on her own phone one morning. Click here to see one story of breaking and entering and taking a selfie.
- Face, meet palm. This laptop thief was caught after he called Apple's tech support.
- One woman's phone was shipped overseas, while her Dropbox account was flooded with dozens of pictures of its new owner. She made the best of a bad situation and started a hilarious blog detailing the new owner's adventures. Click here to see "The Life of a Stranger who Stole my Phone."
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.