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HOUSTON Smart phones are expensive and that makes them a very popular target among thieves. But this is a story about a phone that s apparently smarter than the people who stole it.

Chau Nguyen was at the Galleria s Hello Kitty store with her children when she put her iPhone in her stroller pocket.

Within seconds, it was gone.

I turned around and said, My phone s missing and the clerk said, I saw some girls in here, Nguyen said. At that point, I called the phone company to turn off the phone.

The phone was turned off, but its camera wasn t. So imagine Nguyen s surprise when she noticed photos of complete strangers being automatically uploaded to her iCloud.

>> Click here for the photos

>> Update: Girls who snapped photos with stolen iPhone are in custody

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