We have no sympathy for criminals who slip up because of sheer stupidity
(like the guy who took a time-out mid-burglary to play around
on a little girl's Nintendo DS). But, in the case of one 15-year-old thief in Wilsonville, Oregon, it was a backup security app that led to his eventual arrest.
Shortly after the suspect broke into a couple's home and stole two Motorola Android phones, he used one of them to snap a few photos of himself, presumably with someone's help. What the guy didn't expect was the presence of a free Android download called Lookout
, which automatically backs up data, including photos, to a remote server at midnight. Once the photos were uploaded, the owners found them easily enough and turned them over to local authorities, leading to the guy's capture. Police are still on the lookout for the accomplice. [From: Wilsonville Spokesman
, via: Engadget