Suspect selfie: stolen iPhone found after thief took photos

It's a popular app for iPhone users, "Find My iPhone" can usually track down your lost phone, it can even lock it so no one else can use it.

An Arizona woman says it not only helped her locate the phone, but thanks to iCloud and the power of social media she was able to identify the suspected thieves.

The woman said her phone disappeared last month while she was at Dave and Busters at Tempe Marketplace.

She figured it was gone for good, but thanks to social media and technology, she was able to find the suspected thief.

She says he also happens to work at Dave and Busters.

When Michelle Metzger's iPhone vanished last month, she never thought she would get it back, but then she noticed pictures from that phone started showing up in her photo stream.

"So I just started deleting the pictures, but when I got that one of the two of them, the selfie picture, it almost immediately dawned on me that they were probably the people who took my phone," said Michelle Metzger.

Metzger posted a picture of the guys in the selfie to her Facebook page; it got almost 34,000 shares.

It wasn't long before someone recognized the suspected thief, and Michelle tracked him down via Facebook. It turns out he's an Arizona State University voice, and she was willing to cut him a break.

"And I told him I don't want to get the police involved, I see that you just graduated, I'm trying to give you an out here, give me my phone, give me the money I'm out for my new phone, and we're good. And he wanted to keep playing games," said Metzger.

But even with that generous offer, Michelle says the guy was reluctant to hand over her phone, and that's when she decided enough is enough, and she called police.

"Unfortunately he didn't make the right choice and declined to do that, so I called the Tempe Police Department at that time and they took care of it," she said.

Michelle said Tempe Police contacted the suspect at his work at Dave and Busters. But at this point it's not clear what charges he may be facing.

Michelle said this really proved to her, the power of social media.
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