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Aug212014

Mysterious Selfie Points Cops to Persons of Interest in Break-In

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) -- California police say they want to question a couple whose selfie photo showed up on the "cloud" account attached to allegedly stolen electronics.

Authorities released the photos of the man and woman Wednesday in the hopes of identifying the persons of interest.

"I’ve been a detective for quite some time and I’ve never had a case like this before," Santa Clarita Police Det. Brian Dow told ABC News.

Police responded to an alleged burglary on July 30 when a woman said her home had been ransacked. The victim told police she had come home to find electronics and money missing, along with other personal items. She said her front door had been unlocked and the mesh screen on a kitchen window had been cut out.

An incident report was filed, fingerprints were taken and an investigation into the burglary was quickly underway.

A few days later, a break in the case came from an unlikely source: the victim’s iCloud account.

While accessing a virtual Internet server, which syncs the data from her electronic devices, she said she noticed that selfies had been taken and uploaded by a couple she did not recognize.

The man and woman, photographed snuggled up in bed, seemingly took the photos sometime after the burglary at a location the victim did not recognize.

"I want to identify these people," Det. Dow said of the mysterious couple, who he believes are key to solving the case.

The two persons of interest, who are not considered suspects, have yet to be identified.

"I was at my wits end trying to figure out who these folks were," Dow said, adding that he turned to social media Wednesday in the hopes that someone would recognize them.

"We put out the report and everything started blowing off the hook," the detective added. "Social media has never helped out like this.”


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