A man who allegedly stole a cellphone in Overland Park last week was caught on camera, according to police, when the victim of the theft accessed the phone through another device.
Police are circulating a photo of a suspect, obtained by the victim of the theft who used a tablet to track his stolen cellphone and access its camera function. The victim was able to see the suspect trying to use the phone.
The theft occurred Thursday in the 9100 block of West 93rd Street, according to police. The phone was among several items reported stolen.
With the rise of the smartphone, it has become increasingly common for thieves to provide photos of themselves, either deliberately or without their knowledge.
For years, apps have been available to help the owners of stolen cellphones get those photos, in some cases by having them taken automatically and sent to the owner’s email, or by allowing access through another device.
Police asked anyone with information about the suspect to call Detective Meyer at 913-344-8743 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.