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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
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Baddog1: Posted: August 20, 2014 5:25 p.m.

Just look in the phone book under Einstein, you should find their address there.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 20, 2014 5:57 p.m.

It takes a special kind of stupid. Thank goodness these two fall into that category. I hope they are identified quicker than you can say jackass.

KLB: Posted: August 20, 2014 6:01 p.m.

Oh my gawd, that girl's eyebrows are scary.

LosRubios: Posted: August 20, 2014 8:29 p.m.

I think you can look the girl up by Googling people with the last name 'Marx'

lars1: Posted: August 20, 2014 9:48 p.m.


We are making the news all over America and the World!

ohhyaa: Posted: August 20, 2014 9:58 p.m.

I know where you won't find her... having her eyebrows waxed at the mall. Jeez lady, you're no Brooke Shields.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: August 20, 2014 10:31 p.m.

With those caterpillars over her eyes, can you imagine what else is going on? This woman must be hairy as a sasquatch.

ohhyaa: Posted: August 20, 2014 11:06 p.m.

Imagine what she will look like after a few months in jail. Unibrow and a hairy lip.

Rick54: Posted: August 20, 2014 11:15 p.m.

A good place to start looking might be Glendale.

DMeyer: Posted: August 20, 2014 11:16 p.m.

Too funny, no one can seem to put their damn cell phones down, not even when breaking into someone else's house.

missyJk: Posted: August 21, 2014 5:06 a.m.

the comments on here are hilarious....those are nasty eyebrows

Checksum: Posted: August 21, 2014 9:22 a.m.

Such hurtful comments towards someone who might NOT be the burglar. Get some class, people.

leonardosobe: Posted: August 21, 2014 9:30 a.m.

I was going to tell the Sheriff to ask the schools but.............

scv_donn: Posted: August 21, 2014 9:33 a.m.

I was thinking the same thing Checksum.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 10:20 a.m.

My god! She must be the daughter of Bogdan the car wash owner from Breaking Bad!

Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 12:24 p.m.

They could have purchased it off of craigs list or something.

Let's stop the juvenille comments about the girl and guy in the pictures. They may be innocent.

LosRubios: Posted: August 21, 2014 12:29 p.m.

Agreed Unreal, the girl might have found the phone for sale while she was "brows"ing Craigslist

KLB: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:02 p.m.

Ahahahaha. "Brows"ing. Hilarious.

Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:02 p.m.

Some of you are very low class.

Rocketeer: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:03 p.m.

Hopefully the police are smart enough to check the EXIF data in the photos to see if they're geotagged with the GPS coords of where the photos were taken. If it's an iPhone then the pics are almost certainly geotagged.

You can enter GPS coords directly into Google maps to get an address.

Baddog1: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:17 p.m.

LA Times just reported that the guys aunt bought two phones at the swap meet. He went to the cops and gave them all the info. I apologize.

Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:27 p.m.

You know how you keep hearing about young girls being bullied and killing themselves? Well a few of you can just take a look in the mirror to see the kind of human being it takes to bully someone like that.

I think the girl is beautiful and the guy has a nice smile. I wish them both well.

Baddog1: At least you apologized when you found out they were innocent.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:39 p.m.

Geez Unreal, lighten up! Nobody said anything HORRIBLE! It's all relatively harmless bagging.

Nobody has said they are innocent except for the couple! Their story still needs to be checked out, that has not been confirmed to be the truth at this point according to the LA Times.

Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:42 p.m.

Hey SIGNAL maybe you can take their pictures down now since they are innocent.

johnnyrock: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:44 p.m.


Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:47 p.m.

Stupid, jackass, scary, sasquacth, nasty.

Those are pretty hurtful comments directed to a young girl who has not developed the tough shell adults eventually do.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:51 p.m.

NOBODY has said they are innocent, except for them!!! They certainly may be innocent, but their story STILL has to be checked out by investigators. You really think criminals (which I am not saying they are) just cough up the truth or do you think they make up stories like, I didn't do anything man...I just bought this from some unknown random person.

Yes, it's hugely possible they are innocent, but that is TOTALLY not a fact yet.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:52 p.m.


How do you know how old they are? She could be 25 for all you know.

timothymyers02: Posted: August 21, 2014 2:01 p.m.

I frankly thought on initial viewing that she is a very pretty girl and the guy was definitely punching above his weight!

Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 2:27 p.m.

chefgirl358: you just don't get it do you? Name calling and personal attacks are juvenile, low class, and just plain wrong whether a person is guilty or not. Good grief, who was your mother?

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 2:33 p.m.


lighten up. Geez, you were one of those kids that just couldn't cope right?

Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 2:53 p.m.

No, I smoked pot then remember:) I was pretty mellow. I also was never attacked like you and others did this girl. You just can't say your'e sorry
can you? The worst case is you really don't feel sorry. I am sad for you.

Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 2:59 p.m.

And by the way, it is one thing to have one person call you names and quite another to be attacked by group hate on a blog or comment session like this.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 3:03 p.m.

No, I'm not sorry. That girl can go to Sutra threading near Pavilions and get those eyebrows threaded and properly groomed for $10. Personally, I don't think she has good friends. I have real friends and none of us would let eachother get away with not looking our best, we would totally call eachother out on something that doesn't look good. Not because we want to hurt eachother, but because it's the right thing to do.

Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 3:29 p.m.

Wow. You need to be concerned about how you "look" on the inside more than how you look on the outside. Having a friend reach out to you is completely different than attacking in a public forum. It makes you look bad, not her.

Next time you are wondering if something is the "right thing" here is a test to apply to the situation. Some of you may need this as apparently you have been raised without the type of mother who teaches you how to behave in society.

If Opie on Andy Griffith would get in trouble for doing or saying it, then don't do it.


"Pa, I just said she was ugly, stupid, and called her names".

"Opie, go to your room".

If Bart and Homer Simpson think it is ok, still don't do it unless you want to be in the same class as Homer.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 5:14 p.m.


I think you need to lighten up and get a thicker skin. Many people on this forum made comments and some of those comments don't exactly follow the golden rule, but none of them were horrifyingly cruel.

I'm happy with who I am and I love myself just as everyone should love themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. If someone else doesn't like me, that's okay because I'm a big girl and I really don't care what someone else's opinion (particularly total strangers) is of me.

Also, I wasn't wondering if anything was the "right thing" to say, apparently that was just you projecting.

Unreal: Posted: August 21, 2014 5:47 p.m.

I you were just attacking me I would not care.

It is the fact that you are attacking others that have indicated they feel embarrassed and humiliated by the posting of their pictures in relation to this story that has me defending them.

I give up on you chefgir358: You do not seem capable of feeling shame.

I would rather be friends with the two in this picture than you, even if they were guilty of stealing.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 6:03 p.m.


It seems like you are just too trusting and believe whatever someone tells you. How do you know they are really humiliated? How do you know they aren't actually suspects or trying to make a case to sue the county? I know it sounds far fetched...but it isn't!

It's possible they are actually humiliated, but in this day and age of selfies and social media popularity with people that's highly unlikely.

Btw, I don't see you wagging your finger at all of the other people who made comments on this forum and some of those comments were harsher than mine.

DMeyer: Posted: August 21, 2014 6:46 p.m.

Although new information has just come out that *may* exonerate these two people in the pictures I'm beginning to think that they must absolutely be guilty. I am basing that solely on how much Unreal is defending them. She is the biggest criminal coddler on this site. A big accomplishment due to the fact there are quite a few here that fit in that category as well

ohhyaa: Posted: August 21, 2014 10:15 p.m.

Would it make everyone feel better if I pointed out that the guy has thick eyebrows too?

KLB: Posted: August 21, 2014 10:31 p.m.

No. The guy just has bushy, ungroomed eyebrows. The girl's eyebrows are so funny because she purposely made hers look that ridiculous. --edited.

Checksum: Posted: August 22, 2014 10:04 a.m.

chefgirl - is that the new standard in America? Guilty until proven innocent?

chefgirl358: Posted: August 22, 2014 11:39 a.m.

Checksum, I didn't say they were guilty! I repeatedly said they MAY be innocent, but that's what investigations determine, not speculation on a website.

Unreal: Posted: August 22, 2014 11:47 a.m.

I am a big believer in innocent until proven guilty. Even then, we see that our prosecutors and courts get it wrong. That is why I am against the death penalty now. I used to be for it but have seen too many innocent people cleared and released from death row. Some were not cleared in time and were murdered by the state. I can't in good conscience take part in state sanctioned murder.

I do like the new DA of LA better than others. He has worked to correct the unfair 3 strikes law. He seems to be an honorable man. Too bad all the prosecutors don't follow his lead.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 22, 2014 7:39 p.m.


Most people that are wrongly convicted got away with some other crime they should've been busted for anyway. 99.9% of the people who go to jail deserve to. I was an incorrigible teen, but I managed to always be very polite and respectful to l.e. and NEVER go to jail.

You've also gotta realize that whatever people are actually convicted of...the initial arrest crime was 100X worse. They plea bargain everything down SO much that the folks in jail are actually guilty of FAR worse than their convictions.

ohhyaa: Posted: August 22, 2014 7:40 p.m.

Our judicial system dictates that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, however that has nothing to do with my personal opinion. I believe the two are guilty and fabricated the swap meet story.

stray: Posted: August 23, 2014 12:47 a.m.

@ohhyaa - "Our judicial system dictates that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty"

Please tell that to the residents of Ferguson!

ohhyaa: Posted: August 23, 2014 11:38 a.m.

Stray, watching the protesters loot and vandalize their own city, I would say they have an interesting way of dealing with community issues. lol.

stray: Posted: August 23, 2014 1:00 p.m.

@ohhyaa - "I would say they have an interesting way of dealing with community issues"

Yeah, like "I'll take that, it's mine" attitude... Just like the "Giant good boy" did with those cigars! After all, the community owes it to him! Now those are some serious community issues! :)

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