Authorities today sought public help to find a burglar who stole an iPhone from a Venice residence but who accidentally took a selfie video that the owner was able to access remotely, police said.
The man entered the residence on Paloma Avenue near Speedway about 7 a.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
“While inside, the suspect grabbed the victim’s iPhone and accidentally activated a video application, which clearly captured his image as he is standing in the victim’s living room,” a police statement said.
“The suspect took the iPhone and then fled through the same door,” police said. “All of this occurred while the three residents, two 15-year-old females and an adult female, slept in nearby bedrooms.”
The owner of the stolen phone accessed the video remotely and contacted police, who circulated the images.
Anyone with information on the suspect was urged to call Detective Salazar at (310) 482-6363, or (877) LAPD-247.