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Would-be purse snatcher thwarted by his own photobomb

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We know that a picture is worth a thousand words, but is a picture worth a stolen purse?

That's certainly the experience of the Myers family, who recently visited Madison, Wisconsin, to attend a wedding. The family shared a pretty remarkable tale with Gizmodo. The Myers clan posed for a  picture outside of the Wisconsin State Capitol building at the same moment that someone decided to walk off with one of the family's bags. When the Myerses took a closer look at the photo their camera had snapped, they noticed that they had caught the robber in the act — a felonious photobomb, if you will. Take a closer look:


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In an email to the tech website, they describe what happened next:

When I saw the guy with his hand in my bag, I ran back inside and found the Capitol Police. They were amazing. They immediately sent out a description of the thief using the photo I took. In a few minutes, one officer had found him still in the area. The thief had dumped some things from the bag in a nearby trash can — the flash for my camera, a small backpack of kids toys, a bag of cables, extra SD cards, my mini tripod — but still in my bag were my wallet with cash, credit cards, hotel keys, rental car keys, and my iPad.

The Police recovered everything and hauled the guy off to jail.

So there you go ... a happy ending, on the other side of a Kodak moment.

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