Guy uploads pix of self from stolen iMac


Dane Brown says,

Last week a number of computers were stolen from our office in Vancouver, BC. One of those computers was a shared iMac with Flickrbooth, an app that automatically uploads photo booth shots to our flickr account, installed on it. Just this morning a friend called to tell us that there are photos of whoever has the computer now in our flickr stream! Obviously the guy didn't know he was uploading images of himself and his awesome tattoos.
Here's a link to the shots on the company's flickr account. Do you know who this guy is? The theft victims and the Vancouver police would love to hear about it. Looks like the SomethingAwful forums are all over the case, too.

Update: A gem in the comments thread: "There should be a word for this, thinking you're getting away with something on the sly while the world laughs at you, anticipating your inevitable demise -- schadendouche?" [beatnik]

And looks like there are more security cam photos of this man here, and video here.

And a clarification: we don't know for a fact that the guy in these photos is the thief, that's for the legal system to decide. It is possible that he is simply an innocent new owner of a previously pilfered laptop or laptops.

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  1. there should be a word for this: thinking you’re getting away with something on the sly while the world laughs at you, anticipating your inevitable demise.

    schadendouche?

  2. if a number of computers were stolen, might the criminal have sold some of them? what if this is just a person who bought hot merchandise?

    just shooting a thought…
    still funny though :P

  3. I see that he’s ready for his “Cops” appearance: No shirt, dumb tats, and an even dumber expression on his face!

  4. Ah, I was just going to say the same thing L’Elk did! For all we know, this is the guy who bought it from the thief, or even bought it from the guy who bought it from the thief. That still means he’s worth finding, since he can finger the bad guy, but we shouldn’t assume he’s the thief.

    Innocent until proven guilty and all that.

  5. I look forward to seeing more on this!!! :o)

    Sorry to hear about the burglary, happy to see the pics.

    Good luck on getting the Macs back!

    Tomas

  6. there should be a word for this: thinking you’re getting away with something on the sly while the world laughs at you, anticipating your inevitable demise.

    I would recommend that this be known as an inepthft. It’s even more fun to write out than it is to say.

  7. How do you know he didn’t get away with it?

    I think it’s unlikely that the police will take any action on this, and even less likely that they’ll catch the thief if they do act.

  8. 1. Contact Flickr and get an IP address to where the photos where uploaded from.

    2. Contact ISP.

    3. Show up at guy’s door.

    or

    Print out the photos and start goin around to tatoo parlors!

  9. I was wondering if Flicker could provide the ip address of the computer that uploaded the pics. They should be able to do that.

    Once you have the ip address and the exact time of the upload you can see which Internet provider “owns” that ip address. You can then go to that provider and find out which account was using that ip address at the time the picture was uploaded.

    This CAN be done. I used to work as a Level 3 tech for a cable provider and we used to do this all the time when one of our customers get infected with a virus and was e-mailing everybody like crazy to try and spread.

    We could figure out which modem was assigned a specific IP address during a specific time period and then disable the modem and call the customer to clean up their system b4 we would reactivate them.

  10. I saw that pic and before I read the text I said to myself “hey, I know that guy, I think”. Then I read that the theft was in Vancouver, where I lived up until 8 months ago.

    Now this is going to kill me…I know I’ve seen his face and/or tatts.

  11. OH my goodness…. a classmate of mine in the grad program at SFU Crim sent me this. Mr Ugly-Tats is reason #1 why she and I will always have jobs in Criminology.

  12. I just created a new flickr account for the woman I’m house sitting for to upload photos of her new kittens. When I got to the flickr new user welcome page, there he was! lolz…I wonder if the alogrithm that chooses those photos is done on # of comments or # of views?

  13. Looking through the pictures from the pre-theft days, you’d almost think this was an advertisement for how cool and fun it is to take and manipulate pictures on a Mac!

  14. This is a much more common problem than most people think. But I’m still upset that this guy never read my article about these security programs for macs and other notebooks on HuffingtonPost.com. It’s available by googling ‘Your Notebook is Going Commando” or by clicking on the following link…
    Can’t wait til he gets caught. Interested to hear what he has to say. Giles Slade
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/giles-slade/your-notebook-is-going-c_b_51316.html

  15. there should be a word for this: thinking you’re getting away with something on the sly while the world laughs at you, anticipating your inevitable demise.

    We will give it the name of this man when he is caught.
    If his name is mikr, we will call it a mikring.

  16. Stupid monkey. Stupid, stupid monkey.
    nice photo though, maybe we can all chip in, make a big backlit C-print, and donate it to the Vancouver art Gallery for a tax credit.
    Cheers, R

  17. I’m a cop and we have a saying. “We only catch the stupid ones”. Priceless photos. I can’t wait to hear the rest of this story. The only thing missing is a shot of him smoking crystal meth.

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