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Man says alleged iPad thieves uploaded selfies to his iCloud account

The alleged miscreants in Houston, Texas, also upload to Facebook a video of themselves boasting about money gained "from a good night's hustle."

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Randy Schaefer says he was a touch surprised to find strange selfies appear in his iCloud. KPRC-TV screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

For some thieves, the thievery just isn't enough.

They need more excitement. They need, more than anything, admiration.

Thankfully, social media gives everyone a pedestal upon which to place their finest works. Sometimes, though, that pedestal is visible for miles around.

This appears to have affected two men in Houston who allegedly stole an iPad, a MacBook Pro and other items from a truck.

As KPRC-TV in Houston reports, the owner of the truck, Randy Schaefer, says he noticed some unfamiliar pictures materialize in his iCloud account. There were, he said, around 15 of them. They showed two men brandishing a lot more than two $100 bills. They seemed happy.

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But how could he discover who these people were? Well, he gave the pictures to KPRC to place them on public display.

Soon, the two men were identified. But their flirtations with the vagaries of the digital age weren't over. For it appears one of their Facebook accounts was adorned with a video.

This featured the same two men, with perhaps the same $100 bills, crowing: "This, my good people, is what we get from a good night's hustle."

Oh, my good people, these allegedly bad people may get caught. The video (which is now adorning YouTube) was passed to the police.

I have contacted the Houston Police Department to ask the status of the investigation and will update, should I hear. [See update note below.]

The notion of alleged wrongdoers boasting on social media isn't exactly new. Some even choose to taunt the police. Who could ever forget a suspect called Roger Ireland, who posted to a Maryland police department's Facebook page: "Y'all will never catch me"? They caught him.

The only conclusion one can reach is that the magnetic pull of social media, its ability to bring posters instant fame and approbation, is too strong to resist.

Update, 1:49 p.m. PT: A spokesman from the Houston Police Department told me that the two suspects were arrested overnight.

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One of the images allegedly posted to Schaefer's iCloud account. KPRC-TV screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET