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A Thy Lay

The wonder of cloud computing makes it easy to share files, but sometimes an unintentional user can get caught in the rain.

Last month, a Fort Wayne man took numerous photos of himself on a stolen iPad, and they were automatically uploaded to the rightful owner's Apple cloud account, giving police an immediate suspect, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

The iPad was swiped Oct. 22 during a burglary, and that evening, the first photo of the man appeared on the victim's iPhone via the cloud. Not wily enough to disable the upload feature, the man continued to take selfies, and they kept being sent to the phone, court papers said.

A city police detective circulated color copies of the photos, and the man was identified as 22-year-old A Thy Lay. In his home, police found the iPad and a laptop that belonged to the same victim, court papers said.

He told police he bought the iPad and laptop from three teens despite thinking that the devices were stolen, court papers said.

A Thy Lay, of the 2300 block of East Pontiac Street, was taken into custody on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. He was released Tuesday on his own recognizance.