Smash & grab iPhone thief caught after leaving his Samsung Galaxy behind

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in iPhone edited January 2014
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.
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  • Reply 1 of 54
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,586member
    Darwinism at work.
  • Reply 2 of 54


    Now that is a dedicated switcher.

  • Reply 3 of 54
    drblankdrblank Posts: 3,383member
    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.
  • Reply 4 of 54
    storneostorneo Posts: 101member


    Dumb Droid users.

     

  • Reply 5 of 54


    You can't make this shit up...

     

  • Reply 6 of 54
    ifij775ifij775 Posts: 470member
    I was kind of hoping for a mugshot
  • Reply 7 of 54
    droidftwdroidftw Posts: 1,009member


    What a idiot.

  • Reply 8 of 54


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

  • Reply 9 of 54


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

  • Reply 10 of 54
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,740member


    Now that is irony! 

  • Reply 11 of 54
    This actually happened in Springfield, VIRGINIA, though it could have easily happened there, too.
  • Reply 12 of 54
    ljm8283ljm8283 Posts: 5member
    Whoops.
  • Reply 13 of 54


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

  • Reply 14 of 54
    droidftwdroidftw Posts: 1,009member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by albinoGrackle View Post



    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.

  • Reply 15 of 54
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,732member
    How funny! I'll bet this story won't even be given a single mention on Android sites. Probably too embarrassed to print it. :)
  • Reply 16 of 54

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by zoetmb View Post



    Darwinism at work.


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

  • Reply 17 of 54
    tarfungotarfungo Posts: 92member


    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

  • Reply 18 of 54
    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...
  • Reply 19 of 54

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheUnfetteredMind View Post


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





    So, that would make us exactly what?

  • Reply 20 of 54
    Dan_DilgerDan_Dilger Posts: 1,583member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DroidFTW View Post


     


    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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