During a high school break-in in Plymouth, North Carolina, two burglars found a camera in one of the classrooms and amused themselves by taking pictures of each other committing the crime.
When they couldn’t figure out how to get the film out of the camera, they concluded it wasn’t loaded and left it behind.
The men apparently didn’t realize they’d been fooling around with a digital camera that stores pictures on a computer disk.
Investigators downloaded the snapshots to a computer and got a complete photographic record of the break-in.
The suspects were quickly arrested.