Atlantic City police have received numerous tips after a man's photo was taken on a stolen cell phone — and then uploaded to the victim's Cloud account.
Javier Ramos Jr., 16, and his 17-year-old friend, Lindsey Alejandro Vasquez, had left their belongings for a few minutes while on the beach at Iowa Avenue on Aug. 10, when they returned to see a man running away with their things.
After filing a police report, Ramos Jr. came home, logged onto his Cloud account, and saw a strange man staring back at him in one of the pictures that automatically uploaded to the site.
Ramos’ father, Javier Sr., posted the photo on his Facebook page, and now it’s been shared more than 2,500 times.
Hundreds of emails have filled his inbox as well, with people saying they know who the man is. Police have asked that the picture not be shared by The Press of Atlantic City to protect the investigation. But they do have the photo and information left on the tipline.
“All calls are being followed up on,” Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.
The police have not called the man in the photo a suspect.
Meanwhile, Ramos Sr. is doing a little detective work of his own, including following up with people who say they know who the man in the picture is. He is forwarding everything to the police.
He said he’s now sorry he had the phone shut off immediately, as more pictures may have been taken giving some more clues.
Anyone who may have information on the case is asked to call Atlantic City Detective Eric Cruse at 609-347-5766. Information may also be texted anonymously to tip411 (847411), beginning the text with ACPD.
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