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Police Release Accidental Selfie Taken After Cellphone Was Stolen

Police are looking for this man in connection with the theft of a cellphone and wallet from a subway passenger on Dec. 8, 2013. (credit: NYPD)

Police are looking for this man in connection with the theft of a cellphone and wallet from a subway passenger on Dec. 8, 2013. (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A search continued Sunday evening, after police released an inadvertent selfie taken with a stolen cellphone in an effort to track down the thief who took it from a man who fell asleep on the subway.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, a 23-year-old man boarded a southbound No. 4 train at the 101st Street stop in East Harlem, and fell asleep.

When he woke up at the Borough Hall stop in Brooklyn, the man found his pockets had been sliced open, and his wallet and cellphone had been stolen, police said.

The victim’s phone was equipped with an app that took a photo of a person trying to unlock the phone, police said.

Police released the photo, but did not indicate whether the person in the photo was believed to be the thief. Police did not say how they obtained the photo.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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