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Gotcha! Vacationing NJ Family’s Photo Captures Thief

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The Myers family, from Bloomfield, NJ, posed for this picture while visiting Madison, Wisconsin; in the photo, a thief is seen stealing John Myers' bag. (Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Myers)

The Myers family, from Bloomfield, NJ, posed for this picture while visiting Madison, Wisconsin; in the photo, a thief is seen stealing John Myers’ bag. (Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Myers)

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The camera of a vacationing Essex County family who posed for a picture in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol captured more than smiles. It also caught a thief in the act.

John Myers, of Bloomfield, N.J., set the self-timer on his camera and hustled into the frame with his wife and two children Saturday. While their backs were turned, someone grabbed their bag, which held Myers’ wallet and other items.

After Myers discovered the bag missing, he checked his camera. Sure enough, the image showed a man picking up the bag.

Myers told the Wisconsin State Journal that he showed the photo to officers, who recognized the man.

When officers found him, he was still carrying the bag.

The suspect pleaded not guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor theft.

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