Cops: Robber took own photo with stolen phone

This undated photo taken on a cell phone stolen from a Philadelphia woman in Oct. 2009, and provided Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 by the Philadelphia Police Department via the Philadelphia Daily News, shows an unidentified robbery suspect. The woman, whom police didn't identify, had programmed her phone so that it would send photos taken on it automatically to her home computer. Some time after the robbery, she received a photo of a young man holding a large handgun to his head. She told police it was the same man who robbed her. Police are confident the photo will lead them to an arrest. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department via the Philadelphia Daily News)

December 3, 2009 4:52:31 PM PST
Philadelphia police are confident that a photo of a suspected robber taken on a stolen cell phone will lead them to an arrest. Police say a 20-year-old woman was robbed of her purse Oct. 7 in the city's Olney neighborhood. The purse had her cell phone inside.

The woman had programmed her phone so that it would automatically send photos taken on it to her home computer. Shortly after the robbery, she received a photo of a young man holding a large handgun to his head.

She told police it was the same man who robbed her.

Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said investigators "really appreciate him taking a picture of himself." Vanore says police hope to identify the man in the photo soon.


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