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POLICE: Louisville robber sold victim phone with his picture on it

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a robber made a huge mistake when he sold his victim a phone with his photo and personal information on it just before he committed the robbery.

It happened late in the evening of Nov. 20.

Police say 45-year-old Sylvester James Smith was at a Stop N Go Food Mart in Louisville when he sold the man the cell phone for $27.

Smith allegedly came back some time later and asked the man to buy an iPad for $100. The victim drove Smith to the corner of Lagoona Dr. and Samara Dr., near the intersection of Poplar Level Road and Rangeland Road, to get the iPad.

But police say that's not what happened. Instead of getting the iPad, Smith allegedly pulled a knife on the victim.

The man was forced out of his vehicle, and Smith allegedly drove away in it.

But police say Smith made one crucial mistake: the phone he sold to the man earlier in the day had his picture on it, as well as his name and personal information.

Police caught up with Smith on Monday and arrested him for first degree robbery, according to an arrest report.

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