Two robbers have been jailed in Italy after being identified from a mobile phone text picture.

Daniel Puiu, 20, and 21-year-old Dorin Oborcianu are thought to be the first crooks in the world to be convicted using the image technology.

The pair were snapped by a tobacconist who grew suspicious of them as they hung around outside his shop.

He sent a text message with the picture to police. After checking their files, officers realised the two were wanted for a series of raids.