Youth gets lead on stolen phone after pictures are posted on his FB wall

KUALA LUMPUR - The folly of a suspected mobile phone thief has gone viral on Facebook as well as several blogs after a woman took photos of herself using the phone's Instagram application and unwittingly posted them on the victim's Facebook wall.

The victim, Patrick Lim, 20, said he was driving home at around 9pm on Tuesday when he was involved in a minor accident and his car ended up in a muddy construction yard in Jalan Shamelin, Cheras.

He said he could not reverse the car as it was stuck in the mud.

"I panicked and got out of my car without realising I had left my new Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone near the handbrake," he said yesterday.

He said a man then volunteered to help and he got into the driver's seat car and tried to reverse it.

"When he couldn't do so, he came out and hastily left the scene.

"By then several people had already gathered at the scene and I only realised that my phone was missing much later," he said.

Lim said he had lost hope of finding his phone until a friend called him the next day, informing him that an Instagram photograph of a girl had been uploaded on his Facebook page.

Instagram is a photo sharing programme that allows users to take a photo, and then share it on a variety of social networking sites. The app is supported on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android gadgets.

"Since I did not have a smartphone, I believe it was the work of the person who took my phone.

"Without hesitation, I told my friends to share her picture around and in the afternoon, another friend notified me that a woman who wished to remain anonymous recognised the girl in the picture," he said.

He added that the woman also gave him the contact number of the girl whose picture was posted on his wall.

"I contacted the girl, hoping to resolve the case without involving the police but she refused to pick up my calls," he added.

Lim then sent her a text message, saying that he wanted the phone back but she replied saying she did not know anything about it and told him not to contact her again.

"Since I could not settle the matter amicably, I decided to lodge a police report at the Pudu police station," Lim said.

Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohan Singh confirmed the case, adding that a suspect had been arrested and the phone had been found.

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