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Man accused of stealing smartphone, taking 'selfies'

Posted May 29, 2013

— Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday they are looking for a man who stole a cellphone and used it to take self-portraits that were uploaded to a social media website.

The swiped Samsung Gravity smartphone automatically pushed the “selfies” to the phone owner’s account on Photobucket.com. The victim saw the pictures on her account and called authorities, sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.

The phone, worth $200, was stolen May 17 while it was on a counter near the register at a Family Dollar store on Legion Road in Fayetteville.

The man in the pictures has an olive complexion, short dark hair and a goatee. He has a tattoo on the left side of his neck with the initials MDB, and a tattoo on his right forearm. He also has a piercing in his left ear.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 910-323-1500.


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  • LastSon1981 May 30, 2013

    I've worked with criminals for the past 10 years both in the military and as a civilian one thing I've learned is the catch me if you can I love you Phillip Morris types are far and few. Being smart isn't a prerequisite for being a criminal. If they were smart they wouldn't be criminals.

  • bepack May 29, 2013

    According to fayobserver.com

    "James Matthews, 33, of the 1000 block of Frank Welsh Road, was charged Wednesday with larceny and possession of stolen goods."

  • smcallah May 29, 2013

    "Ask Google to use their facial recognition program they're apparently creating."

    Facial recognition already exists and works. Google would need a picture of the person that already exists with the person's name attached to it. If they don't have that, the facial recognition software won't do the important thing, recognize the person.

    Google already has software that you can use now that recognizes faces, but you have to supply a name to at least one of the photos. The same thing would have to be done if they put it all online.

  • gobbledygook May 29, 2013

    @daddysgirl and that is why the sheriff's office is looking for him.

  • cruzinlong May 29, 2013

    candidate for dumbest criminals show, lol

  • gingerlynn May 29, 2013

    Stupid Criminal day

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican May 29, 2013

    One can only imagine the stress this dude is going through right now. Him knowing he's wanted for stealing that phone and also knowing that the cops knows what he looks like, all due to his own stupidity.

  • bottleworks May 29, 2013

    That's too funny!

  • umop apisdn May 29, 2013

    "shouldnt this be on 'strange news'?"

    No, it shouldn't be in the news at all. They need a police blotter section for all the little things like this.

  • johnny2times May 29, 2013

    how dumb can some people be?

    Click to view my profile rachel
    May 29, 2013 1:36 p.m

    You would be surprised...its amazing how dumb people are...