.
.
.
.

Watch the journey of an Egyptian thief who stole a Dutch man’s phone

“What kind of person steals a phone? And where do stolen phones eventually end up?”

Published: Updated:

A Dutch man got his phone stolen on purpose to find out what can happen to our devices when they got stolen.

In a 21-minute short documentary, Anthony van der Meer used tracking technology to find out who stole his phone, what the thief was doing with it and where he was going.

“What kind of person steals a phone? And where do stolen phones eventually end up?” Meer asks in the film. “The short documentary ‘Find My Phone’ follows a stolen phone’s second life by means of using spyware.”

In an attempt to understand the frame of mind of the thief, the director followed him for weeks. Meer described the robber as a “religious” Egyptian man who insisted on reminding others about Islamic Friday prayers.

Meer also tracked the thief’s adventures with women and porn, “despite him being religious.”

While some described Meer’s technological tracking capabilities as “fascinating,” others online accused the director of being racist and intending to portray a bad image of Muslims and Arabs.