Police in the town of Westfield, Massachusetts, say they have seized a digital camera with images of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie that were shot in Africa and allegedly hijacked in a local camera-repair shop.
In an investigation on behalf of Los Angeles authorities, Westfield police, accompanied by state police and Secret Service officers, went to the home of William Keys on Tuesday to recover a digital camera’s memory stick after three photos that appeared on the Internet were tracked to Keys, police tell the Associated Press.
Officers then went to Keys’s place of employment, Precision Camera and Video Repair in Enfield, Conn., and recovered the camera. It remains in custody of Westfield police, though no arrests have been made as of Sunday morning.
“It’s an ongoing investigation, and we cannot comment,” Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County prosecutor’s office, tells AP.
According to the Boston Herald, Jolie’s brother, James Haven, took dozens of photographs while he was visiting his sister and Pitt in Africa, where they were awaiting the birth of their daughter, Shiloh Nouvelle (the baby was born May 27).
When Haven returned home to Los Angeles, the Herald reports, he brought the camera to a Best Buy outlet there because it was broken. The store sent the camera to Precision for repairs.
The Herald also says that besides Keys, 36, another Precision employee allegedly downloaded photos from Haven’s digital camera. Authorities stepped in once the pair apparently contacted a celebrity baby Web site to inquire as to the value of the photos, the paper adds.
Both Precision employees reportedly could face anti-paparazzi charges in California. Neither has commented on the situation, nor has Precision.