Friday, April 12, 2013

Klutzy Kleptomaniacs

                                                               
Rodney Knight, convicted of burglarizing Washington Post columnist Marc Fishers home, in a photo Knight posted on Fishers sons Facebook page. Knight is wearing Fishers winter coat.
                                                                         



According to Buzz Patrol, last May an employee called the police to report a robbery at an Internet cafe in Columbia. Though the cash register was cleaned out, some interesting evidence was left behind. The police discovered that one of the criminals was still logged in on his Facebook account. Thus, they were able to access his address from the cafe's computer, and immediately arrested him at his home.

Marc Fisher from the Washington Post wrote about his own personal experience in 2010. After a nineteen-year-old stole electronic devices, cash and savings bonds from the reporter's home, he stuck around to gloat about it. The burglar decided to share the news on his fifteen-year-old victim's (Marc's son)  Facebook page. He posted a photo of himself wearing Fisher's brand new winter coat, while holding a fist full of cold cash that he had taken from the boy's bedroom. Fortunately, after much needless family anguish the burglar was eventually arrested.

These are both examples of klutzy kleptomaniacs who made a living tearing apart other people's lives, but liked to stay connected on Facebook. The good news for all of the anti-social network members is that even if you don't believe in Facebook, the law does. In other words, it's friends friending friends who are thick as thieves.


31 comments:

  1. How sad when people go out to destroy other's lives. It must have an impact on the person who had belonging stolen. A great subject and a thought provoking one also.
    Yvonne.

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  2. I have always heard that crime doesn't pay and that only really stupid people participate in it. Looks like crooks aren't much smarter today than they ever were! :) Happy K Day!
    tm

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  3. I love these stupid criminal stories. And...working at a police department I have heard my own stupid stories first hand.

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  4. Facebook is something more than just a social networking site!! I feel really sorry to find out many lives revolving around it...some falling apart...some synchronizing!

    Regards
    Kriti

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  5. Facebook as a crime smashing device . . . I love it!

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  6. I guess crime doesn't pay. Yea for technology!

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  7. Idiot thieves. Gotta love them more than the smart ones.

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  8. Ditto on Isis' comment! And the other saying, "It takes all kinds to make a world" right? But wow, what a world we've made... including FB. Great post, and thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I love A to Z blogging!

    http://www.celticadlx.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow, it amazes me how dumb thieves can be. Found you via the challenge sign up list...Following you now!

    Shannon at I Survived and Now I Run

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    1. Shannon - It is unbelievable. Great to meet you through A to Z, and thanks for following me. See you over the weekend!

      Julie

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  10. Yvonne - It is sad. Fortunately, they helped themselves get caught. Thanks Yvonne!

    Ornery - Well these are certainly fine examples!

    Cathy - I would love to hear your stories.

    Cathrina - Nice to meet you, and thanks for following me.

    KRITI - Though you can get carried away on Facebook, it's great for reconnecting with friends. I never realized how helpful it would be in catching criminals too.

    Lee - It is pretty amazing!

    Amy - I couldn't agree more!

    Isis - They're certainly more entertaining, though I feel horrible for the victims in all of this.

    Lisa - A to Z blogging is fun, and it is a whacky world. Thanks Lisa!

    Julie

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  11. So Facebook has a positive use after all. It's not my social network of choice but glad to see it helps catch criminals. Love that phrase klutzy kleptomaniacs. My Gran used to use the word klutz.

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  12. Whoops! That will teach them. I'm glad the police make use of the various social media networks.

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  13. Villains should never stand around and monologue/gloat. That's a lesson you learn in The Incredibles. Kid shoulda watched more Pixar.

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    1. Glad to hear fb was actually useful and these idiots were arrested. Kluts is a great word! (:

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  15. I dislike thieves, however, dumb thief, pathetic creators. As usual, Jewels, you are brilliant. You have wattage in you cottage. Hugs!

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  16. Thick is the word... doubly so for committing the act and then showing off about it on FB. It's almost like they want to be caught, so maybe it's some kind of attention seeking behaviour?

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  17. It's always funny to learn of criminals who are complete idiots and get what they deserve as a result.

    Happy weekend, Julie!

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  18. How wonderful it would be if all criminals were so... careless. That adjective works, right?

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  19. What's that old saying? "Ya just can't fix stupid." I think they should find another line of work...

    Happy weekend!

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  20. Rosalind - I remember it well from my childhood too. Thanks Rosalind!

    Mary - It still took some time, but they did catch them.

    Michael - I think you're onto something. Pixar helps keep you away from the po-po! Great idea for their marketing department, and your "P" post.

    Delores - With a capital S.

    Elise - Klutz is a great word especially when it doesn't apply to you!

    Lynn - Thanks for brightening my day big time!

    Nick - I think you're right about them seeking attention, but they're too "thick" to see the repercussions.

    Jen - Agreed!

    Julie - I'm not sure about the sentencing details, but at least they didn't go unpunished. Happy weekend to you Julie

    Jeff - It works beautifully!

    Al - Thank you Forrest!

    Susan - I would not want to be in charge of their job placement. I'll bet you could come up with some wild ideas though!

    Julie










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  21. Criminals are so stupid at times. I love the stories you found. Thanks for the laughs.

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    Visiting from AtoZ #41

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  22. Klutz is a kind word for people who do things like that and then think they can get away with it.

    Left and Write

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  23. It's always amazing just how dumb those criminals are, but it's their stupidity that gets them caught, so I think it's a good thing, ha ha ha. Klutz for true.

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  24. Hi Julie ... it's a strange world - and people don't think do they. There was a guy who had his laptop burgled - fine .. it had a homing device on it and the camera switched on - sadly it had arrived in Iran by the time it was traced! He might have got his personal stuff back .. but not the laptop ...

    I hadn't realised what Klutz meant ... now I know - cheers Hilary

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