A MOBILE phone application has helped catch a 55-year-old Chifley man who is alleged to have broken into a car and stolen property last weekend.
About 7pm on Saturday, a man parked his car in the London Circuit car park near the Magistrates Court. When he returned a short time later he found his car had been broken into and items had been stolen, including his mobile phone.
The phone contained an application that discreetly takes a photograph when a user puts in the wrong access passcode on the phone three times in a row. The photograph is automatically sent to the owner’s email account.
The owner reported the incident to police and later forwarded on the photograph he received from the application.
Investigations by police led them to the 55-year-old man in his Chifley home. He was arrested and taken to the ACT Watch House where he was later bailed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on September 5.
He has been charged with property damage and minor theft.