Man stole cell phone, took pictures of self, say deputies

James Matthews (Image courtesy Fayetteville Police Department)

May 29, 2013 4:00:50 PM PDT
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who allegedly stole a cell phone and then used it to take pictures of himself.

Police arrested 33-year-old James Matthews Wednesday after receiving several tips.

The phone was taken from a person at a Family Dollar store, but the man who allegedly took it apparently wasn't aware it was set up to automatically upload photos from its internal camera to a photo sharing website.

The phone's owner saw new photos from the phone uploading and alerted investigators. Three photos clearly show the suspect.

The phone is a Samsung Gravity Smart and is valued at around $200.

Matthews has been charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods. He has been released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $2,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance June 26.

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