Stolen iPad Pictures Are Amusing, Bizarre


A series photos taken with a stolen iPad are providing quite a bit of entertainment to the device’s rightful owner. The pictures, which appear to be bizarre self portraits of an unidentified woman, are being transmitted back to the owner’s iPhone with each snap of the camera.

The iPad’s owner, Arkansas businessman Allen Engstrom, is having a little fun at the possible thief’s expense. Each time his phone receives a backup copy of a picture the woman takes, Engstrom slaps the image straight onto his Facebook page for the world to see.

The odd photos feature a woman rolling or crossing her eyes, smirking, and generally making strange faces directly into the camera.

There is no proof that the woman in the stolen iPad pictures is the person who actually swiped the device. However, if she isn’t the culprit there is still a strong possibility that she knows who committed the theft.

Engstrom believes his iPad was snatched up when he mistakenly left it on an airplane during a flight to Denver.

Thinking he’d seen the last of his device, the businessman was stunned when a picture of the woman popped up in a photo stream shared among the various Apple devices owned by the Engstrom family.

Oddly enough, the stolen iPad pictures kept coming. Now, Engstrom has roughly a dozen of the weird self portraits. He hopes that sharing the woman’s likeness will not only be a delightful bit of revenge, but a tangible way to help identify the thief.

According to Engstrom, while the iPad was still in his possession he disabled functions on the device which are intended to help track it down.

Now he’s keeping his fingers crossed that someone will recognize the woman and report her identity. In the meantime, he’s taking the theft in stride, posting the photos to his Facebook account with witty captions and a healthy side of sarcasm.

“Hey cool! This is an actual pic of the wonderful person who stole my iPad,” Engstrom captioned beneath a photo on February 27. “Apparently the pics she is taking of herself are backing up and appearing on my phone. No I’m not kidding, this is really happening.”


In the long run, Engstrom hopes that the public Facebook shaming might result in the eventual return of his stolen iPad. If she were to contact him in an effort to return the stolen property he would be grateful. “I would gladly accept it back,” Engstrom explained to a local news outlet. “I hope she does the right thing.”

Do you think Engstrom’s decision to post the stolen iPad pictures to Facebook will help him locate the thief?

[Top image via Allen Engstrom/Facebook]