The iPad was stolen from the owner’s parked car in the Barona border district of Milan at the end of March, according to the Milan edition of Corriere della Sera.
At first the 52-year-old owner paid no attention to the new photos appearing on his phone, which he was able to access thanks to the iCloud service, a device which lets you access your music, photos, documents through other connected devices.
However, when a photo of a mystery man in Piazza San Marco in the heart of Venice popped up on his phone alarm bells started ringing. Suspecting the man had something to do with the theft of his iPad, he decided to report him to police.
When he presented the photo to police, they immediately recognized the alleged thief as a 25-year-old local with previous convictions for theft and receiving stolen goods.
According to reports, the man initially denied the allegations but fell silent when he was shown photos of his wife and son on holiday.
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He was then accompanied by police to his home where he retrieved the tablet and then restored it to its rightful owner.