Saturday 1 October 2016

Woman’s hunt for stolen phone goes viral after ‘selfie-incriminating’ photos are shared 12k times

David Kearns

Published 23/02/2016 | 15:06

The current owner of Sinéad's stolen phone
The current owner of Sinéad's stolen phone

Selfies taken on a stolen smartphone could lead Gardaí to the culprit after the snaps were automatically uploaded to the victim’s cloud storage.

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The search from one woman’s missing Sony Xperia Z3 took an interesting turn when Sinéad Heffernan was surprised to find hundreds of images uploaded to her cloud – images taken days and weeks after her phone was stolen.

“Do, remember how my phone was stolen a few weeks back? Well the f*****s didn't realise my photos were synced to my one drive,” posted the young sculptor and model maker to her Facebook.

“Now I've got a lovely selection of their happy day out pictures with my f******s phone.

“Do us a favour and share this around.”

And share they did; so far Sinéad’s original post has been shared more than 12,000 times, with many would-be Internet sleuths sharing their best tips to help traced down those showing up in the designers’ cloud.

The Powerscourt waterfall is one of several locations where photos on the stolen phone were taken
The Powerscourt waterfall is one of several locations where photos on the stolen phone were taken

“The phone was reported to the Gardaí so I'd love to go back to them with a name on these faces,” her posted continued.

Over the pass few days, Sinéad has posted a series of images which she claims have come from her stolen phone.

Among the places visited by those with the phone have been Bray beach, the Sea Life Aquarium, and the Powerscourt waterfall.

The designer points out that she is interested in getting her phone back, and does not know if those who have her phone now are responsible for stealing it.

The current owner of Sinéad's stolen phone
The current owner of Sinéad's stolen phone
The current owner of Sinéad's stolen phone

“Whoever took my phone is just a s****y person. The people in the photos may have then bought my phone off said s****y person,” she wrote in a later post.

“Wanna make it clear that I'm not accusing the people in these photos of being the ones who actually stole my phone… All I want is my phone back and nothing else.”

She continued: “People suggesting ways to track the phone, how to search the images, even going as far as to translating the name on a water bottle… All the messages have been so lovely, so many people wanting to help. Really boosts your faith in humanity.”

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