Happy Thursday Super Sleuths! Are you dying to know why really got caught through cyber methods? Today is the day you find out! For those of you who got the correct answer, you’ve just increased your chances of winning this month’s prizes. At the end of the month, the sleuth with the most correct answer wins. If there is a tie, we will draw for a winner.
Let’s see how you did. All of the cases had some truth to them, but only one case was completely accurate.
That is 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.
In Case #1:
In actuality this criminal was apprehended by posting his picture on Facebook, not Pinterest.
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.
The robbery did occur in Case #2, but the robber hacked into the laptop owner’s Facebook account with the stolen laptop and posted a picture of himself wearing the stolen coat.
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 Case #3 the person who disabled the traps was a U.S. Forest Ranger with Army experience, not a Navy Seal. I know, that one was a bit tricky.
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.
It always amazes me how criminals feel invincible after the fact. Check out some other crazy cases including these here.