Selfies lead to arrest, stolen items returned to Spokane man

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 8:26 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A suspect was arrested on Tuesday and admitted to taking a man’s tablet and then taking selfies on it, according to Spokane Police. The selfies were what led to his identity and arrest.

The victim, Jeremy Yeado, said he called Crime Check on June 16, 2014 to report that a vehicle he rented had been prowled and a suitcase of his belongings had been taken from the trunk of the car. He said there was clothing and a Samsung Galaxy tablet in the suitcase when it was taken.

READ: Police track-down suspected tablet thief following KREM 2 report

Yeado said the  tablet was still connected to the his Dropbox, an app that backs up pictures taken using the device. Yeado said he started seeing pictures of the suspect, later identified as 41-year-old Donald Mayberry, in his Dropbox. Yeado then he posted the pictures to his Facebook page hoping the suspect would be identified.  Users were able to help identify Mayberry as the suspect. That is when Yeado contacted KREM 2 News to help track down the suspect.

KREM 2 News spoke with Mayberry and agreed to meet up with him if he would return Yeado’s items. Mayberry confessed the crime to KREM 2 News. He never showed up to the meeting.

READ: Dropbox app helps Spokane victim identify tablet thief

Spokane Police officers were able to locate Mayberry who led them to the location of Yeado’s table and suitcase. Yeado’s items were recovered and returned to him.

Mayberry admitted to Spokane police officers that he confessed the crime to KREM 2 News. Officers said Mayberry thought KREM 2 News’ Hayley Guenthner was Katie Couric and was tracking him.

Mayberry was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property.

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