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An iPad thief could come unstuck by the remote internet server technology as a picture which could lead to catching the crook has now been beamed back to the owner of the Apple device.
Police yesterday (Thursday) released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the stolen iPad.
The tablet computer was stolen from a business premises in Manor Walk, Harborough, on December 30 last year.
But since the theft, the victim has since purchased a replacement iPad and linked it up to iCloud. He is now receiving images on his new device through the iCloud account.
The phrase “in the cloud” refers to software, platforms and infrastructure that use remote virtual servers through the internet rather than physical software running on one or more real machines.
Officers have released one of the images in the hope they can trace the man pictured, who may be able to help them with their enquiries.
PC 4628 Chrissie Bemand, who is the investigating officer, said: “Some of the images that have been received suggest the man we want to speak to may be from the Small Heath or Bordsley Green area of Birmingham.
“I would urge anyone who knows who this man is, or indeed if it is you, to contact me as soon as possible as the information you have could help with our enquiries.”
People are urged to call the police 101 number, follow the instructions to leave a message for the officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 4628.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
Story by Alex Blackwell
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