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NYPD: Robbery Suspect Unwittingly IDs Himself

Police say this man stole a woman's smartphone then took this picture of himself. It automatically posted to her Facebook page (credit: NYPD)

Police say this man stole a woman’s smartphone then took this picture of himself. It automatically posted to her Facebook page (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for a suspect who they say stole a woman’s smartphone.

Police were able to get a photo of their suspect thanks to the alleged thief himself. The suspect took a picture of himself exhaling smoke on the victim’s cellphone. The woman had her phone set to automatically post pictures to her Facebook page.

The victim gave the photo to authorities to try to identify the suspect.

According to reports, police believe the man was smoking marijuana in the photos.

Police said the suspect snatched the 27-year-old victim’s smartphone from her and ran off. The incident happened around 3 a.m. on March 2 along East Tremont Avenue near Grand Concourse, according to police.

The suspect is described as a black man with black hair, a blue hat, blue sneakers and an orange jacket.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

On Saturday, police said a man who had his iPhone stolen was able to recover it using an app he had installed.

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