The Kearny Police Detective Bureau turned to its Facebook community for assistance in identifying the person of interest in the case.
They say the victim reported on May 16 that his iPhone had been stolen.
Shortly after the theft, a potential suspect posted the bizarre photograph of himself on the victim's Instagram story using the stolen device.
Anyone who can identify the person is asked to contact the Kearny Police Detective Bureau by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 201-998-1313 (2833).
All tips will remain confidential.