Thursday, December 3, 2009

Robber Sends Photo of Self to Robbery Victim

Pa. cops: Robber took own photo with stolen phone

Thursday, December 3, 2009

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. It was not known whether the man killed himself with the large gun after taking his photo, or if the photo was taken by him post mortem.

Police say the 20-year-old woman was robbed of her purse Oct. 7 in the city's Olney neighborhood. The purse had her cell phone inside.

Police officials issued a public thank you to the robber for sending in his own photo and making it much esier for them to solve the case.

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 and assist him in obtaining new accommodations in the all new state prison. Lt. Vanore also stated that the robber could be even more helpful if he would bring the stolen phone in for identification in connection with the victim's insurance claim.


Information from: Philadelphia Daily News,

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