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:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Which of the following cases were solved as stated?
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.
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.
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.
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.