Patterson Park Burglary Suspect Assists Police with Selfies on Stolen iPad

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The selfie of the suspect in question, via Baltimore Police Department

A burglary suspect accidentally helped police identify him last Friday by taking his own picture at the scene of the crime.

Baltimore police said in a release yesterday that they were searching for a juvenile who broke into a home on S. East Avenue in the Patterson Park neighborhood on May 12. They he took electronic devices inside the residence, including an iPad.

But it was an unclean getaway – digitally speaking, at least. The suspect’s face was captured up-close on that same iPad and uploaded to the victim’s iCloud account. According to WBAL-TV, a security feature on the device snapped multiple pictures of him while he was trying to unlock it.

The owner passed on the images to police. By sharing a photo on Twitter, authorities were able to identify their man in a matter of hours. They learned the suspect was an adult, rather than a teenager, though they’re not releasing his name. Spokesman T.J. Smith tweeted that charges are pending.

Police believe the alleged iPad burglar may be responsible for other burglaries in Southeast Baltimore.

According to crime data updated through the first week of May, the Southeast District has seen 309 burglaries so far this year, a 16 percent bump compared to this time last year.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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