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iFools: Victim receives snaps taken on stolen phone!
THESE pictures of scantily-clad men having fun in the sun were taken on a woman’s phone... just after it was stolen!
Snaps taken on the iPhone show the pair seemingly having a whale of a time at a Southend beach, swimming and posing in their boxer shorts.
However, they were clearly unaware their antics were being streamed straight back to the victim’s iCloud account.
And “selfies” of the men enjoying the weather soon appeared when the 27-year-old victim logged into her account.
The victim’s boyfriend, 26, explained how she had the phone stolen while eating lunch at Varsity, in Chichester Road, Southend.
He said: “She was in there with her mum and our 15-month-old son. Two blokes came over and they started talking to them.
“One of them leaned over and picked up a chip off the plate and while they were distracted, the other one must have picked up the phone off the table. Varsity have it on CCTV.”
iCloud works by streaming photos, contacts and other information taken on an iPhone straight back to an online account which can be accessed from a laptop or other device.
The woman reported the theft last Wednesday and requested a new iPhone, which arrived the next day. She downloaded all her saved information from iCloud and was shocked to see the images.
She said: “I’m guessing these ‘gentlemen’ aren’t quite aware of how iPhones work!
“They decided to take my phone down to the beach to have a lovely day and use it to take many, many pictures, unaware that my photo stream and iCloud were both turned on.
“We managed to block the phone and wipe it, leaving it useless, and we used the ‘Find My iPhone’ app to find out roughly where they live.”
All the information and images have now been passed to police.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We were contacted shortly after 1.30pm last Wednesday, with reports thatamobile phone had been taken from a table.
“Officers have identified the victim and will be taking a statement.”
How the bad apples are hunted down
APPLE’S Find My iPhone feature helped track down another stolen iPhone last week, as revealed in the Echo.
Businessman Des Moylan, who owns Moylans, in Leigh Broadway, was working when thieves stole his iPhone.
He and his brother, Neil, used the Find My iPhone app on his desktop iMac to trace the phone, which they could see moving towards Chalkwell Park. Des jumped in the car with friend and Leigh Car Wash owner Qazim Zyberi and chased the crooks through the backstreets of Westcliff.
Finally, the pair tracked them down in Hamlet Court Road and took back the phone.
The pals had originally planned to call police, but decided against it and sent them away with a flea in their ears instead.
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