Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – Criminals Caught By Social Media

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Social Media is one of our favorite ways to communicate these days with our friends and acquaintances. But if you are a criminal, it can be the thing that gets you locked up in prison for a very long time.

For today’s Super Sleuth Challenge decide for yourself which of the following criminals were really caught by social media in the way described below. Leave a comment with the correct case number. At the end of the month, the Sleuth with the most correct answers will win the following:

Silenced (Alaskan Courage, #4) Gift Card*

                                                                                                                                               $10 Amazon Gift Card

Which of the following cases were solved as stated?

Case #1:

A 20 year old man from Kentucky thought it would be cool to siphon gas from a Police car except for one small thing, no one would ever believe him. So, he did what any self-respecting-gas-siphoning-prankster would do. He took a picture and posted it to Pinterest. Someone else thought it was just as funny to turn their friend in. He was booked for misdemeanor theft.

Case #2:

In a 2011 robbery in Washington D.C. the criminal made off with cash, a coat, and a laptop. To taunt the laptop owner, the robber signed into the owner’s Twitter account on the stolen laptop and posted, “Rich and stylin’. Thanks!” The victim discovered the tweet and reported it to the Police who tracked the laptop to its criminal.

Case #3:

In 2010 two men were arrested for setting deadly traps along hiking trails. A retired Navy Seal saw and disabled the traps before anyone got hurt. But the criminals were caught when they talked extensively over Facebook about the traps and their invincibility.

Case #4:

In 2013 an identity-stealing couple met with an IRS informant at a local restaurant where they proceeded to hand over a drive with the identities of several individuals. The Police arrested the couple later, but were unable to prove that they were indeed the ones who took the zip drive until Instagram did them in. A photo was posted of a steak and a bowl of macaroni and cheese time stamped with the location of the meet and greet with the informant. The instagram photo was used in their court cases.

Which of the cases above happened as it said?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

11 thoughts on “Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – Criminals Caught By Social Media

  1. JaniceG says:

    My best guess is number 4. I like steak, mac & cheese and so do many people. People like to share with friends, if not the flavors, at least the comforts and remembrace of good food.

    It appears this was a couple who were into sharing one too many things. Shame on them!

  2. Shannon says:

    Case #4 is the truth

  3. bonnie navarro says:

    I’m thinking both Case 1 and Case 2 were true. Pranks are no fun unless someone else knows about it and chances are at least one of the person’s friends had a conscience and turned him in.
    And if there were some homeland security issues, I wouldn’t be too surprised if they were found out by using facebook.

  4. Michelle, I think #1 looks like something a young prankster would want to boast about. I choose it.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  5. Very cool and ambitious blogging here! Glad to have met you.

    • Michelle Lim says:

      So glad you stopped by! Tuesdays I cover writing craft and Wednesday is the Super Sleuth Challenge. Other days are a mixture of music to write to, guest authors, and writing craft. Fun to meet you at your blog, too!

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