A simple photo of an unwitting couple has catapulted them to almost overnight infamy.
An iPhone was stolen on December 5 during one of two house burglaries in Avondale.
Unfortunately for the alleged thieves, the owner of the phone had installed a programme that emails them any new photos taken on the device.
Auckland Police released the photo on their Facebook site and only days later it had nearly 100,000 "likes" as well as a slew of disparaging comments.
The photo has since been taken down from the site but a spokeswoman today confirmed they had received "several nominations of ID for the people in the pic", which had been passed on to investigating officers.
She also reminded people the couple pictured may not necessarily be the burglars.
"Just be aware that we have never accused these people of burglary or theft - we simply noted their pics were on a stolen iPhone which they could have had access to by any number of means," she said.
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