App catches NC phone thief on phone’s camera, police say

The cell phone thief caught on camera, police say. Photo by Jacksonville Police

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help finding a suspect in a larceny case.

The woman is wanted for questioning involving theft of a cell phone in which the security features were turned on and the phone took a photo of the suspect, police said.

She is described as a white female wearing “gauge” earrings at the time of the larceny.

An app for Android phones, called Lockwatch, takes a stealth photo of a person and emails it to you when they try to unlock a phone with a wrong code. There are other similar apps available, such as Lookout.

If you know the identity of this woman, or have information about this case, JPD Detective Jason Lagana at 910-938-6414 or jlagana@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to arrest.

Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES)

Please refer to Case 16-04268 when calling or texting about this photo.

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