Photo of iPhone Thief

Police are searching for this suspect who stole an iPhone from a Queens woman. According to police, the phone was equipped with an application called iGotcha, which activated and took a photo of the suspect when he attempted to unlock and use the phone. (DCPI)

Police are searching for the creep who robbed a woman in Queens, running off with her iPhone that later exposed his identity.

According to authorities, the 31-year-old victim was walking in front of 111-14 Liberty Ave. at about 8 p.m. Monday in Ozone Park when the suspect approached her. Police say he reached into her front right pocket and snatched her black iPhone 4 before fleeing on foot.

The victim's phone, however, was equipped with a crime-fighting app called iGotYa, which activated and took a photograph of the suspect when he attempted to unlock and use the phone, police said.

The photograph of the suspect was automatically emailed to the victim, who brought it to local authorities. She confirmed with investigators that the man in the photograph was the suspect who stole her phone.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, approximately 5'8", with dark, close-cropped hair and an earring in his left ear.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.