'Selfie'-taking burglar sentenced to more than 2 years in jail

March 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

ROTHERHAM, England, March 20 (UPI) -- A British burglar whose mid-crime 'selfie' was mistakenly sent to his victim's work colleagues was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail.

Ashley Keast, 25, of Rotherham, England, pleaded guilty to burglary and being in breach of a suspended sentence in Suffolk Crown Court and was sentenced Tuesday to 32 months in jail, the BBC reported Thursday.

Accomplice Anthony Hunt, 27, of Rotherham, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

The court heard Keast and Hunt stole electronics, jewelry and an Audi A4 car from a Rotherham home while the owners were on vacation Sept. 11, 2013.

Police said Keast used a SIM card stolen from the house to take a "selfie" with his own phone during the burglary.

"Keast had stolen a SIM card from the property and, using another phone, took a 'selfie' and posted it on the whatsapp messenger application," a South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said. "However, unknowingly, Keast also sent the picture to the victim's work colleagues, who became suspicious and contacted police."

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