crime fighting, Dropbox style

Submitted by hc on Sat, 2013-01-05 16:43
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So I lost my phone just after Christmas. Drove back from Melbourne on boxing day with it, couldn't find it that night, but wasn't fazed, it was here somewhere amongst the masses of presents for the younger generation.... searched again the next day, and the next few after that, and then on NYE gave up, decided to bite the bullet and pony up for a new one. I was pretty dirty, I wasn't quite ready to pull the trigger on a new handset, and it had to be around the house somewhere.

So I'm setting up my shiny new Galaxy S III 4G, and as part of the process, I sign in to Dropbox, and tick the Camera Upload function, a very handy feature that copies recent snaps up to The Cloud everytime you're on Wifi. I happen to click on the uploads button, and it shows me a gallery of thumbs of previously uploaded images. And the last 5 images in the gallery weren't taken by me... instead, there's this muppet:

 this image has been modified to protect the stoopid

who had decided to take a few self portraits in the mirror at home with his shiny new toy, as lifted from our unlocked car overnight. Happy snaps don't come much more self-incriminating than these. A bit of an ask around got me a first name, the local constabulary had a last name to go with it. They were then able to 'have a word', retrieve the handset, and someone got charged with theft from a motor vehicle. Nice one Dropbox!

(I resisted the temptation to drop the above image to his 50+ Instagram followers, he was still signed in when I got the phone back.... but boy, was I tempted)

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