Thief in France takes selfies on stolen smartphone, gets busted

ROCHEFORT (AFP) - A thief who stole a smartphone in France decided the best thing to do with his newly acquired toy was to take a series of selfies - not realising the photos were being uploaded directly to the victim's computer.

The 22-year-old was quickly apprehended after inadvertently identifying himself to the victim, who went straight to the police with the incriminating evidence.

The thief was a repeat offender and was already serving several suspended jail sentences, said authorities in Rochefort, eastern France.

He was sent down for a total of 31 months in prison on Wednesday.