Friday, April 12, 2013
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.