Suspected Cell Phone Thief Posts Picture UPDATE - KLFY News 10

Suspected Cell Phone Thief Posts Picture UPDATE

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On Monday, we aired a story about a woman who believes she caught the person responsible for stealing her $500 cell phone. All thanks to Facebook.

The woman has since been reunited with her phone, but she's not buying the alleged thief's story.

Sierra Smith told News 10 she had to drive to Lake Charles to receive her phone.  She says whoever took it, turned it into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

She still has a suspicion the unknown person who snapped these photos, which synced to Smith's Facebook, is responsible.

"The story was she had found the phone and was returning it to authorities. But, she found it in Lafayette. Why didn't she return it in Lafayette where she found it," Smith tells News 10's Caroline Balchunas.

The Lafayette Police Department is investigating the case, but so far no suspects have been named.

Luckily, the phone was not damaged. The only difference from Monday was the suspect has since deleted the photo of herself, but kept the remaining two.

While Smith is thankful the phone wasn't destroyed, she says besides the synced photos, there was other activity she didn't authorize. "She had tried to get into my e-mail, tried to get into my yahoo account and Facebook. I had notifications that it was trying to be opened."

Smith says she doesn't wish any ill-will on the phone thief, but is hoping her story will serve as a lesson.

"I really want people to realize it's not okay to take peoples stuff. And you will get caught with technology these days."

But while the suspect may have successfully deleted her photo from the phone, it will forever remain in cyber space.


A Saint Martinville woman believes she found the person responsible for stealing her $500 cell phone thanks to the tracking system on the phone and Facebook.

Sierra Smith was at "Build-a-Bear" at the Mall of Acadiana Yesterday, when she says she left her phone in her baby stroller for about 5 minutes.

When she came back, her phone was gone.

A few hours later, she checked her Facebook page, and photos were synced from her stolen phone. One was a photo of an unknown woman she believes stole the phone.

Smith filed a report with police and she's hoping technology will help get her phone back.

"It was so funny. I was just stunned. It didn't dawn on me at the time that she would take a picture of herself. Because, I mean what criminal would do that?"

According to Smith's GPS tracking system, the phone is around the Lake Charles Area. Lafayette Police detectives are working to find who is responsible.

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