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post #1 of 53
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A man who broke into a Springfield, VA wireless store smashed a display case and grabbed "several iPhones," but was apprehended after police discovered he had left behind his Samsung Galaxy.

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According to a report by the Washington Post, 25 year old Travis Montgomery Snyder was arrested after authorities tracked him down using his smartphone account.

Snyder was seen in the DMW Wireless store's security cam footage and set off the stores alarm. But he wasn't caught until police at the scene discovered his Samsung Galaxy under the broken glass he left behind "inside the front of the door."

"No word on whether he was seeking an upgrade," the newspaper quipped.

Apple's iPhones are frequent targets of theft because they retain value and are relatively easy to resell. In iOS 7, Apple has worked to develop an activation lock designed to prevent thieves from being able to simply wipe and resell pilfered phones.


iOS 7 iCloud Activation Lock


The new system works with iCloud to require the owner's account and password before reactivating, even if thieves try to wipe the device first.
post #2 of 53
Darwinism at work.
post #3 of 53

Now that is a dedicated switcher.

post #4 of 53
I guess he didn't like his Galaxy that much. As Gary Busey says in the movie Under Siege, "Are you an idiot?" applies...

Oh well.
post #5 of 53

Dumb Droid users.
 

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You can't make this shit up...
 

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post #7 of 53
I was kind of hoping for a mugshot
post #8 of 53

What a idiot.

post #9 of 53

Perhaps Samsung can feature him in their "Designed for Humans" advertising.

post #10 of 53

He was waving frantically at his Samsung screen trying to get directions and gave up. Maybe he should have blinked faster at the camera.

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post #11 of 53

Now that is irony! 

  Google Maps: ("Directions may be inaccurate, incomplete, dangerous, or prohibited.")

 

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post #12 of 53
This actually happened in Springfield, VIRGINIA, though it could have easily happened there, too.
post #13 of 53
Whoops.
post #14 of 53

this is the profile of samsung galaxy user and I do not mean to steal!!… ;-) jajajajajajaja

post #15 of 53
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This actually happened in Springfield, VIRGINIA, though it could have easily happened there, too.

 

You're correct.  The AI article should say Virginia, not Illinois.  DED articles aren't known for their accuracy when it comes to facts.

post #16 of 53
How funny! I'll bet this story won't even be given a single mention on Android sites. Probably too embarrassed to print it. 1smile.gif
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Darwinism at work.

It should be put on the list.  http://www.darwinawards.com

post #18 of 53

The New York Times now has an answer that could resolve their accusation that Apple (and other smartphone manufacturers) are not doing enough technology wise to discourage cell phone thefts.  Rather than asking Apple or any other phone manufacturer to change their systems or implement security hurdles to dissuade thieves from stealing cell phones, they can simply ask that all phone theft criminals leave behind their personal Android devices so they can be 'returned' at a later date  This way, the Police don't have to do any actual Police work and technology manufacturers don't have to expend resources preventing thefts.  It's a win-win for all!  \s

post #19 of 53
Usually, it's the iPhone catching the crooks. Now, it's the Galaxy phones?! Samsung is copying Apple yet again!!! Expect a new lawsuit very soon...
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Perhaps Samsung can feature him in their "Designed for Humans" advertising.


So, that would make us exactly what?

post #21 of 53
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You're correct.  The AI article should say Virginia, not Illinois.  DED articles aren't known for their accuracy when it comes to facts.

 

More personal attacks from somebody whose handle is a LOLBBQ. 

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How funny! I'll bet this story won't even be given a single mention on Android sites. Probably too embarrassed to print it. 1smile.gif


It should not have been on AI either. I do not see how this is a Apple related news. This is aimed to instigate stupid remarks by some and does not add anything to this forum.

post #23 of 53
Damn, Sammy is getting desperate to copy iPhones.
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Originally Posted by jasondwelsh View Post

Usually, it's the iPhone catching the crooks. Now, it's the Galaxy phones?! Samsung is copying Apple yet again!!! Expect a new lawsuit very soon...


I think that stupidity is an equal opportunity thing. So lawsuit might not happen.

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More personal attacks from somebody whose handle is a LOLBBQ. 

 

It's not a personal attack at all.  It's an observation about your articles.  Your articles commonly have factual errors.  You've even asked me to list a few for you in the past, which I did.  The only thing that means is that there's room for improvement in your research and fact checking skills.  That's not a reflection of who you are as a person and you shouldn't take it as such.

post #26 of 53
Police believe the thief has a sense of humor since the phone login ID says "JK Shin".
post #27 of 53
Why call the guy an idiot? He was smart to ditch his POS Samsung for an iPhone. He just went the wrong way about it!
post #28 of 53

After all the articles and comments about how the vast majority of Samsung sales are of low-end models, I'm surprised that nobody brought up the fact that the phone left behind likely wasn't the S3 or S4.

post #29 of 53

I can see the interview for an Apple commercial now...  the fine print at the bottom says "not an actor.  Actual Galaxy user desperate for an iPhone"

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After all the articles and comments about how the vast majority of Samsung sales are of low-end models, I'm surprised that nobody brought up the fact that the phone left behind likely wasn't the S3 or S4.

Source? Not all Sammy phones are Galaxies. In addition, iPhone > SG4.

iPhones: people are willing to steal it.

In unrelated news, the Samsung Experience Stores were broken into and it was found the Galaxy inventory increased.
post #31 of 53
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Source? Not all Sammy phones are Galaxies. In addition, iPhone > SG4.

iPhones: people are willing to steal it.

In unrelated news, the Samsung Experience Stores were broken into and it was found the Galaxy inventory increased.

 

I don't have a source for what phone he left behind, but I think you'll agree that you've seen many comments and articles here about the vast sales of low-end models relative to high-end models.  Whether or not the sales assumptions are accurate, I don't know.

 

The source for this article just says Samsung Galaxy.  Here's a list of all phones within the Galaxy brand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy

 

And yes, iPhone >> S4.

post #32 of 53
Epic fail.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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post #33 of 53
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It should not have been on AI either. I do not see how this is a Apple related news. This is aimed to instigate stupid remarks by some and does not add anything to this forum.


Taking into considering the number of Fandroids that infest this Apple-enthusiast forum spewing their iHating crap, I think it is perfectly legit to report on it here.  Just another embarrassing smack on their face.

post #34 of 53
Even though I'm on my vacation right now on a different continent using a 4g connection that costs way too much, I couldn't resist posting on this hilarious story.1biggrin.gif

This is so damn funny, i am cracking up here. 1biggrin.gif

Everybody knows that the opposite would never have happened. Can you imagine an Apple user breaking into a store to steal Samsung phones and then leaving their iPhone 5 behind?

And some people give me a hard time for not thinking very highly of Fandroids. 1smoking.gif1biggrin.gif
post #35 of 53

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/robber-leaves-own-phone-at-scene-of-iphone-thefts-police/2013/07/11/beeea85c-ea3d-11e2-a301-ea5a8116d211_story.html

 

 

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Police were called to scene Feb. 19 for a report of an alarm. When they arrived, they found a smashed glass display case and missing iPhones, according to a search warrant. Snyder’s phone was found inside the front door of the store, under broken glass.

 

No current news? Posting old news is so DED.

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In fairness, the story was published yesterday.

post #37 of 53

This is not old news. It's from July 11, and the news of this Fandroid epic robbery fail definitely needs to be reported and told. Butthurt Fandroids and others can not censor and wish away news that they don't like.
post #38 of 53
Clearly a serial thief who wanted to leave his "calling card".
But these days, people don't use paper anymore apparently, so he left his calling card in PDF-form.
post #39 of 53
All these "idiot" comments seem to be neglecting the point that this kind of theft is an impulsive act and is almost never associated with clear and rational thinking. There's no smash and grab committed by smart people.

I wonder if the dude was on an SSRI drug...
post #40 of 53
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It should not have been on AI either. I do not see how this is a Apple related news. This is aimed to instigate stupid remarks by some and does not add anything to this forum.

Perhaps. But if the brands were reversed in the story, it would be intensely exploited for clicks and LOLs on pro-Android/anti-Apple sites, for the same reasons. Count on it.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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