Stolen phones have become so common in today's age, that it's likely happened to you or someone you know. Jennifer Prasch, a teacher and mom of three, told WOWT 6 News Monday she recently became a victim.
She said, however, because of technology, she not only thinks she knows who took her phone, but also has pictures of them.
"I put my phone and wallet on top of my diaper bag – in the midst of all of that somehow my phone and wallet got stolen," she said. She was at the Walmart off 120th & L.
She did what many people would do after such a theft -- cancel all of her accounts.
"Within the hour we went ahead and called our credit card company our debit card – I changed all of the accounts passwords to facebook, ebay, amazon -- everything you would think about that’s on your phone."
But Jennifer said her story became a bit different when she got a new iPad for Christmas.
After registering the tablet with her iCloud – which links your apple devices together—she realized her old contacts were saved. This got her thinking: “Oh I bet my photos are on there!”
Jennifer was right. But it wasn’t just her old pictures, but 17 new pictures. The didn’t know it, but the people who had her phone were taking pictures-- that thanks to the iCloud -- were getting sent right to Jennifer.
“It was really creepy,” she said. “They had family photos, their Christmas pictures, selfies, photos of them. She’s pregnant and taking photos of the belly. Lots of photos.”
Unfortunately, right after the alleged theft, Jennifer deactivated the iPhone and iCloud. Once it’s deactivated – there’s no turning back – now the phone is basically an iPod.
“That’s one thing I wish I could have known – first go ahead pinpoint with the photos before erasing it so that’s a lesson learned the hard way. For Jennifer –– this experience is all about lessons.
“I talked with my students about how when we find things its not always finders keepers losers weepers, you have to give people’s stuff back that’s not yours,” she explained.
It’s a tough lesson learned, but with these photos, one she’ll always remember.