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    - Taken at 5:44 PM on December 12, 2009 - uploaded by ShoZu

    Background: Somebody stole my Samsung Blackjack last May. My phone is programmed to automatically upload photos to my Flickr pool using the Shozu app when somebody takes a photo. These photos from my stolen phone began appearing in my Flickr pool about a month ago.

    Update: I asked Shozu customer service to track the location of my phone, and they did! See details in the comments below.

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    1. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 51 months ago | reply

      My stolen phone is in Mexico now? Ferreteria is a hardware store (ferre = iron (cognate of ferrous), and -teria a shop or store, I think derived ultimately from tienda.

    2. jimgskoop 51 months ago | reply

      This is pretty funny! Where did you lose your phone?

    3. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 51 months ago | reply

      @Jim: I think I left it in a bathroom at the office. I realized it within the hour and went to hunt for it but it was already gone. I contacted building security and personally asked the janitorial staff, but no luck.

    4. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 51 months ago | reply

      ...so anyway, the phone disappeared last May. My phone was programmed to automatically upload photos to my Flickr account using Shozu, and these mystery photos started appearing about a month ago.

    5. Slonie 51 months ago | reply

      That is so awesome. Except for the stolen phone part. That sucks.

    6. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 51 months ago | reply

      I asked Shozu if they could track my phone down. They did -- to Bogota Columbia of all places!!

      -----------------------------------------------------------------
      Thanks for getting in touch! My name is andrew.

      I'm guessing that the two newest photos uploaded are the ones that you mean - the two of the angry looking man:
      www.shozu.com/portal/rss/55699d7.xml

      As the photos are not geo-tagged I can't tell you exactly where they were taken. I can tell you a few things however:

      They were taken at 2010-01-27 20:39:46.0 GMT and 2010-01-27 20:40:03.0 GMT yesterday (so that's 2010-01-27 15:39:46.0 and 2010-01-27 15:40:03.0 in Bogotá i think), and both uploaded less than a minute later.

      It looks like ShoZu was auto launched or started up somehow just before that - it logged onto our servers at 2010-01-27 20:39:22.0 GMT (2010-01-27 15:39:22.0), just 24 seconds before the first photo was taken.

      When the phone logged on to our servers it was coming from the Internet Protocol (IP) address 190.102.206.53, which geo-resolves to:

      Hostname: Tigo190-102-206-53.emtel.net.co
      City: Bogotá, COLOMBIA
      lat,lng: 4.6, -74.0833
      and a google maps location of : www.infosniper.net/index.php?ip_address=190.102.206.53&am...

      In all likelihood, this is a routing station or local mobile tower that the phone was connected to at the time. So you might have a rough approximation of the area the person was in. Your operator might be able to help you if you can tell them the phone number, IP used and the exact time of last connection - they might have records from then or procedures for this. I'm guessing this is emtel.net.co/ - as they own the gateway hostname (Tigo190-102-206-53.emtel.net.co) that the phone connected from.

      There's no street view application i can find online for that area, so I'm afraid i can't compare the street with the background of those two photos.

      Your Blackjack activated with a unique ID of:

      ppu_1145311855283_8159_268689754_vmag.mycingular.n

      We're not sure what this means, but we think it might be an operator generated unique identifier. You might be able to use it to get your phone located by your operator or have it operator-blacklisted and turned off remotely if all else fails.

      Are emtel.net.co/ and mycingular the same entity in Colombia?

      In any event, I'm not sure if this is of any use to you, so my apologies if it is not.
      You should probably also keep an eye on your RSS feed at www.shozu.com/portal/rss/55699d7.xml, and see if any more photos get uploaded. Please get back in touch if we can help!

      best of luck!
      andrew

    7. fenriq 51 months ago | reply

      How very odd (and kind of cool). I mean, it sucks that your phone got stolen but I am digging on the tech to figure out where it is now (or was when the pics were snapped). Would be cool if you could remotely disable it or have it alert police or something.

    8. saeedi 51 months ago | reply

      Print and show these pictures to the janitorial staff you're onto whomever this character is. Although, the dude seriously is not one I'd care to cross. Keep the phone, I'd say.

    9. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 51 months ago | reply

      @Naoto: Cool story. I immediately also checked my phone's GPS, but whoever took the phone was savvy enough to power if off and they were smart enough to not use the phone with my SIM car in it.

    10. kenwestin 51 months ago | reply

      Doesn't help now, but may want to check this out as it will give you the phone number and location of the phone:

      www.gadgettrak.com/products/mobile/

    11. mike1727 51 months ago | reply

      Post this photo to a flickr group for Bogata perhaps?
      Certainly contact the operator and get it blacklisted!

    12. tomasconmas 51 months ago | reply

      uhh sorry about that however that's not Bogotá, which is much colder, the picture seems to be taken in a warmer place (by the palm on the left of the guy)

    13. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 51 months ago | reply

      @Tomas - Oh, so no palm trees in Bogotá ?

    14. andres611 51 months ago | reply

      Nope, no palm tree in Bogota, plus the other pic you have is on a beach, definitely no beach in Bogota. Sad to see this stuff is related to Colombia.

    15. PIO 111 [deleted] 51 months ago | reply

      hey hey friend:

      Hostname: Tigo190-102-206-53.emtel.net.co website: tigo www.tigo.com.co/

      Protocol (IP) address 190.102.206.53, case investigation with IP

      emtel : popayan . colombia

      maps.google.com/maps?q=popayan&oe=utf-8&rls=org.m...

      number contact 011571 8243333 from usa

      police of colombia : www.policia.gov.co/portal/page/portal/HOME/Home/operatividad

      email contact : lineadirecta@policia.gov.co

    16. ponyskip 51 months ago | reply

      wow what an incredible story. i´ve got another clue for u, the little girl in the snow white costume (on the RSS feed www.shozu.com/portal/rss/55699d7.xml ) is in a juan valdez coffee shop. You can check locations of those here: www.juanvaldezcafe.com/procafecol/mapa/
      looking at the rest of the photos, which could be some part of the colombian coast, i´d suggest maybe cartagena, barranquilla or santa marta.

    17. MAndersson1968 50 months ago | reply

      Adding my two bits: From my time living in Colombia (over 25 years ago, now [geeze, I must be old]), both Cartagena and Santa Marta are vacation towns on the north (Caribbean) coast. And Popayan is a town far southwest of those vacation spots. Not to say that somebody couldn't have the phone in Popayan and be vacationing in the north...

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