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Selfie leads to arrest in Lakeland smartphone theft

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2014 at 06:06 PM

A smartphone app that takes a selfie of the person who has stolen it has nabbed another suspect.

On July 17, someone took a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit from a Buick Le Sabre parked at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Family Health Center, 300 Parkview Place.

The victim, however, had a security application that took a photo of the subject who tried to access her phone.

This afternoon, Diep Pham, 62, of Lakeland was arrested at her home, 1331 Oakhill St., Lakeland.

Pham has been charged with burglary and petit theft.

The stolen phone was recovered.

In June, a selfie taken by a security app caught a suspect in a Riverview phone burglary. In February, another selfie taken by a security app caught a suspect in California.

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