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Man Surrenders After North Philadelphia Burglary Victim Captures Image With Cell Phone

This cell phone snapshot of a man burglarizing a North Philadelphia home led to the arrest of a suspect.  (credit: Phila. PD)

This cell phone snapshot of a man burglarizing a North Philadelphia home led to the arrest of a suspect. (credit: Phila. PD)

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By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police say a man turned himself in on Saturday because the woman whose house he’s suspected of burglarizing last month had the presence of mind to take a cell phone picture of the suspect.

Authorities say the break-in happened the morning of March 30th in the 1300 block of West Silver Street, in North Philadelphia.

Just before 10 a.m., according to investigators, the 49-year-old victim came home to find a man she didn’t know rummaging through her belongings.

(Sabu Shealy.  Phila. PD photo)

(Sabu Shealy. Phila. PD photo)

The woman snapped a photo with her cell phone (top photo) before the suspect fled.

The photo was released to the media last Friday and was aired on local news stations and posted to their web sites.

According to police, 34-year-old Sabu Shealy called 911 on Saturday, saying he’d seen himself on TV and wanted to turn himself in.

Shealy, who is homeless, is charged with burglary and criminal trespass.

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