5 Facebook Foolish Felons
If you're going to commit a crime, it probably isn't a good idea to document that crime on camera or video. It is also a bad idea to login to your Facebook account and/or text someone from the scene of the crime. To make matters worse, some recent crimes have been recorded and then posted on-line for all to see. Fortunately for the police and their victims, criminals these days seem to be getting dumber rather than smarter. Read on to see if you "Like" the antics of these Facebook fools.
We begin with the story of two "not so bright" men. This dynamic duo went into an Internet cafe in Columbia and each logged into their Facebook account. After surfing the web and visiting various other sites for a while longer, the men went up to the cashier, acting like they were going to pay. Instead of paying for the time they had logged surfing the net, the two men demanded that the cashier give them all the money in the register. Then they stole a motorcycle and quickly left the scene. Luckily for the police and the cafe owner, one of our geniuses forgot to log out of his Facebook account when he walked away from his computer. After looking through the computer the assailant used, the Colombian police easily found the address of the criminal and were able to arrest him a short while later.
Our second Facebook felon is a 20-year-old man from Jenkins, Kentucky. The young man siphoned gas from a car, photographed the act, and then decided it would be a good idea to post his indiscretion on his Facebook page. Did I forget to mention that the gas was stolen from the tank of a police car? That's right. Now this Facebook fool is trying to say that it was all a joke and a misunderstanding. "We was just standing there and thought it would be funny to take a picture and then post it on Facebook," said Michael Baker. Wonder if he was laughing all the way to jail, which is where he ended up.
Our third Facebook folly involves Katy McCaffrey's stolen iPhone. McCaffrey had her iPhone stolen when she was on a Disney Cruise back in April. Then, all of a sudden, Katy began seeing photos taken by the phone thief as they automatically uploaded to her Apple iCloud Photo Stream account. The photos seem to have been taken by a man named Nelson, who ironically, is employed by Disney. Now Katy McCaffrey is posting these photos on her Facebook page and even adding commentary to them. For example, "This is Nelson. Nelson has stolen my iPhone," McCaffrey wrote to go along with a picture of Nelson. Some comments have been made giving Nelson the benefit of the doubt and suggesting that he may have bought the phone from someone or found it rather than having stolen it. Supposedly Disney has since been notified of the incident and is looking into it. McCaffrey states, "I have alerted the officials of the Disney Cruiseline and forwarded them the photos. Hopefully I'll get my phone back and maybe some free passes to Disneyland."
The next Facebook crime was an act of passion and betrayal by a wronged ex-lover. Ronnie Usmanov, an Australian man, had a falling out with his girlfriend and was looking for revenge. Fast forward three months and Ronnie had his revenge plan intact. He posted pictures of his ex-girlfriend up on Facebook. No big deal, right? Well it is if the pictures in question are of his former lover in the buff. That's right. Mr. Usmanov posted pictures of his girlfriend that clearly showed her private areas. Then he emailed her to let her know the pictures were being viewed by everyone they knew via Facebook. Usmanov stated, "I put the photos up because she hurt me and it was the only thing [I had] to hurt her." He further explained that he regretted making such an impulsive decision. Bet he is sorry... Usmanov's punishment was a six month jail stay.
The final Facebook "faux pas" was actually not initiated by a criminal. Instead, a slight lapse in judgment of a 17-year-old Australian girl inadvertently lured the assailants into committing a crime. This reckless teen had been helping her grandmother count her life savings, which the grandmother had stowed away in cash at their home. The girl decided to take a picture of the cash and post it on her Facebook page. A few hours later, two masked men broke into her mother's home and ordered her to give them the money from the photo. The mother explained that the girl didn't live there anymore and had moved in with her grandmother. The angry robbers trashed the house before leaving the scene with her mother's cash and other valuables. Luckily for the girl and her grandmother, she had her old address listed on her Facebook page. This was unlucky for her mother though. However, the girl certainly should have learned a lesson about strengthening her privacy settings, as well as being more cautious about the photos she posts on Facebook.