Cell phone salesmen accused of stealing customers' nude pictures during switch to new phone

Expert says to never let your phone out of sight

BARTOW, Fla. - Two cell phone salesmen in Polk County are out of a job and facing serious charges after police say they stole nude pictures off a customers' phone and then bragged about it later.

Investigators say one of the workers obtained the photos when transferring the customers' data to her new cell phone.

A few days later, police say the workers showed off the photos to another customer who happened to recognize the woman.

"To show them to a complete stranger is obviously a sign of them bragging about it," said Detective Sergeant David Wyant with the Bartow Police Department.

Officers arrested Gregory Lampert on Wednesday. Police are waiting for the other employee, Joshua Stuart, to return from vacation.

"I would never want my cell phone to go out of my eye sight," said Dhiman Bhattacharjee, Owner of iPhone Repair of Lakeland.

In his position, Bhattacharjee says he understands what he is entrusted with and follows one general rule of thumb.

"Whenever we transfer data, we always do it in front of our customers. A lot of times we'll have a customer bring their own lap top or their PC or mac and we'll help them transfer or make a backup of their phone," he said.

Bhattacharjee says there is no reason for employees to ever go to the back of the store and handle your phone.

The safest bet, he says, is to transfer your old pictures and data to your new phone all on your own.

This can be done easily on most smart phones using the cloud and services like Google.

"I think that's the best way to do it," he said.

A spokesman for Cellular Sales of Knoxville, which runs the Bartow store, says they're extremely shocked by what happened and are "working like crazy to ensure it never happens again."

While the store may look like a Verizon Wireless store, it's not.  It's a third-party authorized reseller.

A Verizon Wireless spokesman said customers' privacy is their top priority and the store and two employees will be held accountable for their actions.

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