turnin: I was going to suggest that whilst we don't know if these people stole the phone or we're just photographed the police should be a bit more careful, but the exception to the rule stated above includes "investigation" which means they can do/say whatever they like as long as it can be argued that by doing so it investigates the theft.
And starting with a photo of two people taken after the phone was stolen is a excellent place to start!
turnin: If I stole a phone I'm sure I wouldn't take my own photo's with it.
You probably know more about iphone than these two!
I also suspect the police could easily match the faces to their own records, if this isn't the case then they must not have an existing criminal record.
If you call sitting down and manually trying to match that photo to the million or so photos of the police database *easy* - then yes its easy. Oh and lets not forget that appearance since the police photo was taken and the photo in the article may have changed. But yes its that easy.
Clearly the media did make mention of the police quotes but at the very end of the article, no doubt so as not to spoil a good story too early. some people don't read the article to completion, as we can see here.
I read the article to the end, Im just not niave. The Police, publically at least, must not been seen to be jumping to conclusions. Its a bit like when someone gets murdered and they say "there is a person of interest we would like to speak to" - I mean really, read between the lines, when they say that they mean they want to arrest the person.
turnin: there are apple apps that do this. Might have saved some embarrassment for two potentially innocent people.
Potentially innocent? Unlikely innocent more like it. See above for conclusions on their guilt.
There have been disparaging comments on the Police facebook page about the couple, and the photo has since been removed. Someone inside the police has had a change of heart and I'm not sure this will be the last we hear of this. It's only a stolen phone, is it ok to set people up for public mockery over a $800.00 item ? On moral grounds I think this sort of exposure should be reserved for kidnappings/murders and more serious crimes.
It is unlikely the Police "had a change of heart", the article says that they have had a number of nominations as to the identity of the two people, and that is likely the reason for the removal.
Its only a stolen phone. Maybe it would be different if it was your phone? On moral grounds? What moral grounds. The Police simply asked for their identification. Whatever sort of spin the public put on it, is nothing to do with the Police.
And, according to one of the other posters the phone is linked to two burglaries, and these sorts of investigations will often lead to more stolen property. BUT the Police will never know till try follow the lead.