Cellphone pics catch thieves in the act

Posted at: 02/18/2014 9:38 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

More and more, people are using their phones to report a crime but not to call 911.

They’re using their phones to snap pictures.

“I had my saw over this, but they obviously they tried to take it but they couldn't cut the cable so they flipped it over and got everything else under beneath it,” said James Saavedra, who was inside the presidio building in uptown when a couple of men surrounded his truck.--the bed was full of work tools.

“Two guys, probably in their early 20's, kind of hard to tell one was wearing glasses the other one you can’t see too well,” said Saavedra “He was looking down.”

The reason he has these descriptions is because of the photos that were taken by another person in the parking lot at the time of the robbery.

“That’s awesome sometimes you wish they would stop them from doing it but most people don't want to interact with something like that so I appreciate it,” he said.

Camera phones catching people red-handed is becoming all too common. Even when it’s not on purpose, like a Santa Fe woman who thought she was taking a picture of a park yet you could see in the background a get-away car involved in a car break-in.

That photo led to the arrest of 26-year-old Richard Salazar.

An outcome James Saavedra is also hoping for.

“Hopefully they find them,” he said.

We spoke with several people who have mixed feelings about taking a photo of a crime in action; some would rather just call 911.