Mystery solved about couple who appeared in stolen phone selfies

Mystery solved about couple who appeared in stolen phone selfies

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 21, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 22, 2014

UPDATE: According to NBC Los Angeles, the mystery of the possible burglars posing in a series of selfies has been solved.

Larry Beltran Jr. contacted authorities and explained that his aunt had purchased two phones from a swap meet and gave him one of them. The seller allegedly told Beltran's aunt that he did not need them anymore.

He and his parents are upset that the photos of Beltran and his girlfriend have appeared on numerous television newscasts and on social media. They are demanding an apology.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is trying to figure out whether a pair of burglars were dumb enough to upload three photographs to a woman's online storage account just days after they robbed her.

According to Yahoo News, detectives released photographs of a man and woman that mysteriously appeared on a Santa Clarita, California, woman's online storage account after her home was robbed on July 30.

The thieves stole some cash, miscellaneous jewelry and either a cellphone or tablet. The thief or thieves broke into the woman's home by cutting the mesh screen of her kitchen window, according to KTLA-TV Channel 5.

When the selfies showing a smiling man and woman cuddling on a pillow showed up on the woman's account, she contacted the police. The photographs of the couple were released Wednesday and they were identified as "persons of interest."

KTLA-TV says investigators had possibly identified the couple by late Wednesday after a woman called them. She claimed that she did not steal the phone. The police department has not yet announced any arrests.

Many cellphones can be set to automatically sync content, including new photos, with the  owners' online accounts.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to