Head In The iClouds: 'Phone Thief' Shares Pics
A woman has alleged that a man who stole her smartphone gave his own game away after he accidentally shared photos with her that he had taken after the crime.
Katy McCaffrey says she had her iPhone stolen while she was a passenger on the cruise liner Disney Wonder and claims to know all about the crook thanks to Apple iCloud's Photostream feature which stores and syncs personal documents.
She says dozens of photos that he took with her handset started appearing in her Photostream, which had not been deactivated.
It resulted in all the pictures being automatically saved to Ms McCaffrey's iCloud account.
After receiving the photos, Ms McCaffrey posted the pictures on a Facebook album which she has called Stolen iPhone Adventures.
In the album, she accuses a Disney Cruise Line employee of taking the phone and using it to document his life on the ship.
She identifies a man partying, watching the sunset, and posing with other cruise ship employees.
Ms McCaffrey invites viewers to share the album on their own Facebook pages and comments: "I have alerted the officials of the Disney Cruise Line and forwarded them the photos.
"Hopefully I'll get my phone back and maybe some free passes to Disneyland."
Disney Cruise Line has responded to the incident saying an investigation is under way.
The cruise line has put a crew member on administrative leave but has not named them.
A company spokesperson told USA Today that it was taking matter "very seriously", adding: "We have a zero tolerance policy for this type of behaviour. We are taking aggressive action."
The phone has been recovered and will be returned to Ms McCaffrey when the ship returns to port.
The person who Ms McCaffrey accuses of stealing her phone may not be to blame if they bought the phone from someone else who had stolen it, or was photographed by another person.