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UPDATE: Selfie-takers sought following burglary

Posted: August 20, 2014 1:54 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2014 6:48 p.m.

Photo courtesy the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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Sheriff’s detectives investigating a residential burglary at a Santa Clarita Valley home are asking the public’s help in identifying two “persons of interest” depicted in selfie photographs discovered by the victim.

One of the soft-focus, self-taken photos shows a smiling young couple relaxing. The problem is it has no business showing up on the burglary victim’s cloud database.

Was the photo taken by the person who broke into the Santa Clarita home and accidently uploaded to the homeowner’s data-storage account?

That’s what local sheriff’s deputies are trying to figure out.

One thing is for sure: The faces in the photo are not familiar to the woman whose electronics, including devices with photo-taking ability, were stolen during the July 30 burglary.

“There are essentially three possibilities,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“One, they got ahold of the stolen device. Two, they received the stolen device from someone. Or they are the burglars — we don’t know,” he said Wednesday. “That’s why we’re not calling them suspects.”

The call for help identifying the couple has been met with calls from the media with questions about the story, Dubin said.

“We’ve had a ton of media calls about it,” he said, but not a single tip on the couple’s identity as of Wednesday afternoon.

Along with electronic devices that can take photos, the burglary victim had currency and personal property taken, according to the sheriff’s report.

“The photographs were uploaded to the cloud (data storage) after the burglary occurred,” Dubin said.

Anyone who can help identify the couple is urged to call L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477); texting the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637); or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

jholt@signalscv.com
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