We’ve seen this story several times before: A criminal steals a phone, accidentally posts a selfie to the phone that’s uploaded to the Internet, and sad face, they’re busted. But this incident, from a Los Angeles suburb, might prove that the selfie snapper isn’t always the criminal.
Larry Beltran Jr. gained viral notoriety for selfies he took with his girlfriend from an allegedly stolen phone. They unknowingly uploaded them to the phone owner’s Apple iCloud account, where the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department got ahold of them.
Yesterday, the cops issued a bulletin stating they were “persons of interest” in connection to a home burglary investigation because they believe the phone was stolen during the July 30 incident.
However, Mr. Beltran Jr. claims he had no part in that and those pictures released by the police department wrongly implicated him. “It’s embarrassing,” he said. “I had no idea it would be all over the news or anything. That was just between me and my girlfriend.”
So, his parents and his aunt showed up to the police station to clear his name. His aunt told KNBC that she bought two phones for $80 from “a man at a swap meet” and gave one of them to her nephew. “I thought I got a good deal but I didn’t know I put my nephew in a bad situation,” the aunt said.
But the police didn’t help him. The detective working the case wasn’t even in the office and told him to return today. “I come in and they gave me the runaround,” he said.
The cops didn’t answer KNBC’s request for comment and didn’t say if they were still considered persons of interest.