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Selfie suspects ID’d by Arlington police; mugshots coming next

Arlington police have identified the suspects accused of stealing cellphones, then taking selfies.
Arlington police have identified the suspects accused of stealing cellphones, then taking selfies. Arlington police Facebook page

The next photographs for these selfie suspects will likely be mugshots.

Arlington police announced Friday morning that they have identified a man and woman accused of swiping three cellphones from a car, then taking selfies with the stolen devices, which automatically uploaded the photos to the victim’s computer.

Police posted three photos of the suspects to their Facebook page Thursday, asking for the public’s help in identifying the couple.

“The faces you make the moment before you realize (or don’t) the cell phones you just stole automatically sent those selfies to the victim’s computer,” the department joked.

Within hours of posting the photographs, the suspects’ identities were known, said Sgt. VaNessa Harrison, a police spokeswoman.

“We received almost 250 shares within an hour of posting on Facebook and several tips came in from people that recognized the man and the woman in the photos,” she said. “...We are so proud of the quick response from our followers!”

Harrison said the couple had not been arrested as of Friday evening.

She said police are withholding the suspects’ identities for now as interviews and photo line-ups still need to be completed.

The phones had been stolen at about 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at an apartment complex on Polk Drive, police have said.

Deanna Boyd: 817-390-7655, @deannaboyd

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