A jewellery thief got served as he chose his selfie as the screen saver on his mobile phone, making it easier for police to trace him.
27-year-old mechanic, Germain Ibrahim Fofana, arrested after dashing out of a Ernest Jones stores in Kingston carting away £18,000-worth of loot on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
Fofana had dropped a bag containing his mobile phone at the scene of theft while he was rushing out of the store in.
His mobile phone usually lit up his picture as the screen saver whenever he received a text message.
Detective Sergeant Damion Cumming, a police officer in Kingston said in police report;
‘In his hurry to get out of the shop, the suspect left his mobile phone on the table alongside his bag.
‘While police were on the scene the phone lit up, having received a text message, and a picture of the suspect was saved as the background.
‘It was the shop assistant, who served him, who was able to identify the person in the picture.’
Fofana pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft, and asked for 26 similar theft offences to be taken into consideration, as well as six burglaries.
Despite having looted an estimated £237,000, Fofana only had £250 and a fake Omega watch at the time of his arrest.
Fofana reportedly bagged 5 years and six months imprisonment for his many crimes his London-wide crime spree which had netted him £250,000.