To catch an iThief: Woman whose iPhone is stolen on Disney cruise outs 'snatcher' after it automatically posts pictures he took to HER account
A woman whose iPhone went missing on a Disney Cruise was able to catch the alleged thief after photos he took with her phone began popping up in her ‘cloud’ – the feature that stores and syncs all personal documents.
Katy McCaffrey, who went on the cruise last month, began noticing that photos started to pop up in her iCloud account.
Included in those photos were pictures of her alleged iPhone thief on the cruise ship, viewing the sunset, going to parties, and drinking with other crew members.
In an effort to reclaim her phone, Ms McCaffrey created an album on Facebook entitled ‘Stolen iPhone Adventures.’
It shows 20 pictures of a man she calls ‘Nelson’ taking advantage of her phone aboard the Disney Wonder, nymag.com’s Daily Intel blog originally reported.
The disgruntled cruise-goer was able to see the pictures because of an Apple feature called Photostream, which automatically uploads all photos taken with the iPhone to their iCloud account.
Nelson, it seems, was too busy having a good time to check whether or not Photostream was activated.
The feature can be turned off with a simple on/off switch in the phone’s settings.
Photos Nelson took document Nelson’s adventures on the cruise ship. In the first picture, he’s posing on the deck in front of a beautiful ocean sunset.
Ms McCaffrey writes: ‘This is Nelson. Nelson has stolen my iPhone.’
She was able to identify him by a clearly placed name tag below the left lapel of his shirt as he was pictured with character actors.
In later pictures, Nelson takes snapshots of his pregnant girlfriend, assumedly another Disney Cruise employee.
Many of them show Nelson out drinking with friends (‘gosh they look a cool group of folks’) and the boat’s captain at a gathering with drinks and cake (‘sure looks like they had a swell time.’)