Burglary suspect leaves photo of himself on homeowner’s cell phone

Suffolk police are working to identify the man in this cell-phone camera image. He is suspected of the early-June burglary of a home during which he took the photo. (Courtesy of Suffolk police / June 4, 2009)

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11:40 AM EDT, June 29, 2009
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SUFFOLK — Police investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an early June home burglary after getting a little help from the suspect himself.

In the first week of June, police were called to the burglary of a house in the 200 block of Holbrook Arch in Suffolk. During the burglary, the suspect tried to use the homeowner’s cell phone but was unable to make a call, city spokeswoman Debbie George said in a statement Sunday evening.

What the suspect was able to do was snap a genial-looking photo of himself with the phone’s built-in camera while committing the crime. He then left the phone and ran off, George said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Callers do not have to give their names or appear in court. If the information provided leads to an arrest, the caller could qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

— Dan Parsons, Daily Press

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