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UPDATE: Couple identified in selfie burglary case

Posted: August 21, 2014 10:58 a.m.
Updated: August 21, 2014 6:04 p.m.

Detectives released this selfie photo posted on a cloud database after photo-capable electronic equipment was stolen from a Santa Clarita woman.

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A couple depicted in a selfie that turned up in a burglary victim’s cloud database took the photo on a cellphone bought at a San Fernando swap meet, the man in the picture told Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives Thursday.

“I’m here to get all this cleared up. I’ve been here twice in a row. They told me to, that’s why I’m here,” said a young man who entered the station with an aunt and was immediately mobbed by Los Angeles TV reporters.

Although sheriff’s deputies have not officially released the young man’s name, his relatives identified him as Larry Beltran Jr.

SCV Sheriff’s Station officials released selfie pictures of a young couple Wednesday afternoon. saying they were “persons of interest” in the burglary of a Santa Clarita home.

“He didn’t do anything wrong,” said Angie Cabrera, who identified herself as Beltran’s aunt during the impromptu interview in the lobby of the station. “I don’t see why they’re bugging him. I’m the one who bought the cellphones, not him. I gave it to him, so it’s my fault, regardless.”

Cabrera said she bought the cellphone at a swap meet in San Fernando, unaware that it was stolen.

“I didn’t know,” she told reporters. “But I don’t want my nephew’s face all over the place and have people look at him in a different way. I don’t think that’s right. It’s his face but I’m the one who gave him the phone.

“I feel bad for him,” she said.

The story about the happy-looking couple smiling from the database of the burglary victim caught the attention of the Los Angeles news media, which features the shots in frequent newscasts.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s detectives confirmed Thursday they have identified both the man and the woman in the photos.


Among the items stolen from the home of a Santa Clarita woman on July 30 were electronic devices capable of taking photos, investigators said. Those photos apparently uploaded to the woman’s cloud data storage at some point after the burglary. The victim said she did not recognize the couple — hence the release of their photos.

Investigators made it clear in their initial release of the photos that the couple were “persons of interest,” and they were not accused of any crimes.

“We are grateful that the male depicted in the selfie photo reached out to us at our station,” Deputy Josh Dubin told reporters in front of the SCV Sheriff’s Station Thursday. The woman was identified by tips from the public, he said.

Investigators did not release the couple’s names.

“Right now, the male and female in the selfie are classified only as persons of interest,” Dubin said.
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