If you break into someone's home, ransack it and take stuff, try not to post selfies to using the victim's stolen electronic devices.
That said, this not what happened in Santa Clarita recently, at least not officially, not yet, not even allegedly.
The folks who posted these selfies are simply “persons of interest” until detectives can get a better grip on exactly what happened following a residential burglary in the city late last month, L.A. County Sheriff's Department Deputy Joshua Dubin told us:
The July 30 burglary was discovered when the victim returned home, according to a sheriff's statement, and realized that …
… her front door was unlocked and the interior of her residence was ransacked. The victim also noticed the mesh screen on her kitchen window had been cut out.
Electronics, cash and other property was gone, cops said.
A few days later the victim noticed that these photos had been posted to a cloud account, according to Dubin and the statement.
He said the woman didn't know these folks and that the pics might have been automatically posted from one of the stolen electronic devices, which included a laptop that might have been synced to the cloud account.
“The victim doesn't know who these people are and didn't give them permission to use her devices,” Dubin said.
And the plot thickens.
Do you know these
geniuses persons of interest? Investigators would love to hear from you: 800-222-8477 or lacrimestoppers.org.
[Update at 12:18 p.m. Friday]: Sheriff's officials say that the man in the photos has come forward and is cooperating and that the woman has been identified.
Although they say the investigation is ongoing, news reports say the man stated he got the device used to take and upload the photos, a cellphone, from a relative who purchased it at a swap meet.