When a freelance craft teacher from Firoz Shah Kotla found that her phone had been stolen, she did not report the matter to police. However, 24 hours later, she got a photograph on her email ID — of a man in his late 40s dressed in a white shirt posing on a sofa.
The teacher, Sangeeta Aggarwal, did not know the man or the house. But she knew he is the thief. Aggarwal had connected her smartphone to the ‘cloud’, which meant that any photograph taken on her phone would be uploaded online, and transferred to her email account.
Aggarwal then approached police, who managed to locate the phone. The thief is yet to be found.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) M S Randhawa said Aggarwal is a freelance arts teacher who taught in different art schools in the capital. The incident took place on November 2 when Aggarwal was returning from an art school and was en route to her house in Feroz Shah Kotla. “Around 2:30 pm, when she got down at the bus stand near FSK stadium, she found that her Samsung J-7 Pro phone was missing. She searched inside her handbag but could not find it. She did not immediately report the matter to police,” Randhawa said.
However, after thief’s picture was uploaded, she reported the matter at Darya Ganj police station, following which police constituted a team headed by SI Sunil Kumar. “During technical surveillance, we found that the photograph was taken from a location in Kala Mahal. We deputed around three police personnel to go to the area. They questioned local traders and security guards, and eventually one of them managed to identify the man,” said a probe officer.
By the time police got to the location, he was missing. The phone, however, was recovered and handed to its rightful owner.