They captured their own mugs with the camera on a stolen iPad.
Now, thanks to technology, they were caught and will face charges.
Clovis police say an iPad was stolen from Costco on Peach and Ashlan last month. The owner later logged onto her iCloud account and saw strange pictures. Clovis police posted them on Facebook and solved the case.
The case of a stolen iPad from a Clovis Costco strikes a chord for Fernanda Zamora. She too has been a victim of theft.
“Shopping with my purse in the cart and someone just walked by and grabbed out my wallet and my cell phone,” said Zamora.
She never got her stuff back, but Clovis police say a woman from Southern California will thanks to dumb criminals and smart technology. The victim saw strange pictures show up on iCloud and alerted police.
The president of a tech support company, Torian Group, says owners of all smart phones and tablets should be able to find their missing devices.
“If you have an iPhone or iPad you definitely want to get signed up on iCloud and that will enable all the finding features on your device,” said Tim Torian.
When you log in from a computer, click on ‘find my phone.’ The green dot shows the location of your phone. Click on that green dot for more options, which include play sound, lock phone and erase data.
One former victim is glad the high tech world is helping solve obnoxious crimes.
“Leave it alone. It's not yours. Don't take what's not yours. And then when you do stupid stuff like that, hey, I hope you do get caught,” said Zamora.
Torian says Android phones have the same capabilities, but you need to download an application. ‘Lock Out’ is a common security app, but you can do some research to find the right one for you.