Say Cheese!: Stolen smartphone outsmarts robber - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Say Cheese!: Stolen smartphone outsmarts robber

Posted: Updated:

A cell phone snapped a picture all by itself, and that gave police their big break after an armed robbery of two students at Case Western Reserve University.

A smart pre-med student taught a phone how to outsmart a thug with a gun late one night this month -- two Case Western students were robbed at gunpoint of their phones. It happened just across the street from campus.

Arjun Vankatesh went to his computer. He put a lock on his phone to protect his personal information. But when the robber tried to break the security code 5 times, the phone snapped a picture of the guy. And the picture was sent automatically to Arjun in an email.

"I went home and almost laughed when Isaw a picture of the guy," said Arjun. "Every five times it takes a picture with your front camera. That's what it did for me and sent me a picture of the guy."

The security feature is called lookout.

Arjun Vankatesh the sent the picture he got of the bad guy to campus police. He says they then pulled a bunch of mugshots of guys arrested in the past. The victims picked out a 25 year old convict.  

So university police have a warrant out for a suspect.  We checked. He's had two convictions in weapons cases and even been cleared once of reckless homicide.

 Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.