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Clue from the cloud leads police to thief

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A Stratford High student was arrested for stealing a man's iPhone because pictures he took on the phone were saved to the man's iCloud. (WSMV) A Stratford High student was arrested for stealing a man's iPhone because pictures he took on the phone were saved to the man's iCloud. (WSMV)
Police want to talk to the two males in this picture found on a man's cloud after his phone was stolen. (Submitted photo) Police want to talk to the two males in this picture found on a man's cloud after his phone was stolen. (Submitted photo)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Imagine how angry you'd feel if someone stole your phone and next thing you know pictures started showing up on your cloud. 

"He was very upset. I mean he's the hardest working guy I know, just busts his butt every day, and I just can't stand people who steal," said East Nashville resident Chad Baker, who is friends with the victim.

Baker posted the pictures on East Nashville's Facebook page.  

"And i said 'Hey does anybody recognize these losers that stole my friend's phone?' and I want to get them caught,' and man did my phone start blowing up, my Facebook started blowing up, people started calling," said Baker. 

It only took a few days. A citizen's tip led a student resource officer at Stratford High School straight to the 16-year-old student who had the stolen iPhone.

He now faces charges in juvenile court, all thanks to a clue in the cloud. 

"That's what ultimately led to their demise was they're idiots and they got themselves caught and were thrilled," said Baker.  

The story doesn't end there because another picture showed up on the victim's cloud. 

It shows two boys pointing guns at the camera.  

"So if anybody recognizes them from those Facebook posts its always great to let the police department know," said Metro Police spokeswoman Kris Mumford.

Metro Police want to talk to the other boys to determine if they were involved in any car break-ins or home burglaries, so people like Baker, plan to keep spreading the pictures and the word. 

"You know 99 percent of people are out there working hard to make a living and to have people breaking into cars and stealing from hard-working people were just not going to stand for that in East Nashville," said Baker.

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