Tuesday, November 19, 2019
CrimeOddTech & The Web

Woman Receives Photo Evidence from ‘Stolen’ iPhone

A woman whose iPhone disappeared during a cruise received some unexpected clues about its location when she began receiving photos taken with the device.

McCaffrey claims her phone was stolen during a Disney Cruise. But over time, thanks to Apple’s iCloud technology, which shares data between one’s devices automatically, photos taken with the phone began appearing in her photostream.

The photos, she says, depict a cruise employee with a name tag that reads, “Nelson.” So McCaffrey started a Facebook album called “Stolen iPhone Adventures” on which she’s posting all of the photos.

Though there’s no obvious evidence that the employee is the one who stole the phone — or necessarily is even the one who is in direct possession of it, he seems to be appearing in photos captured by the device, so there is at least some connection between “Nelson” and whoever actually does possess someone else’s property.

NPR tried to independently verify details of the story, but neither McCaffrey nor Disney Cruise Lines were willing to sit down for an interview.

Still, despite the humor of the situation, it’s a good lesson for the rest of us: there are lots of ways our technology these days can help us find it when it goes missing. And in cases like this, it can even provide a humorous chronicle of where it has been during its unexpected “vacation.”


  1. Okay, yep, this is pretty hilarious. Seems like there was a happy ending — Disney sent her a new phone. I have to wonder what happened to Nelson, though! 

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