How not to use Facebook as a burglary tool

Victim says thief posted photo of self with stolen goods on victim's son's Facebook page. Burglar then pleaded guilty after--surprise--being caught by police.

I've never been a burglar, but I imagine one of the talents you need is a modicum of discretion.

It's probably not wise to, say, tell your mom and dad, a policeman, or someone selling you a sausage at a stall that you've just burgled a house.

I sense it might not be wise to post a picture of yourself, stolen goods in hand, on the Facebook page of your victim's son.

According to NBC Washington, Rodney Knight might not agree with me. Police said Knight broke in to the home of Washington Post writer Marc Fisher last December and helped himself to a couple of laptops, a very nice winter coat, and a few hundred in cash.

Crime Scene--Do Not Cross CC AlanCleaver2000/Flickr

Perhaps he was rather excited by his haul. Perhaps he was an avid reader of The Washington Post. Who knows why Knight decided to put on the rather well-fitting coat, take a picture of himself with a handful of cash, and then, according to Marc Fisher, post this picture on the Facebook page of Fisher's son?

Oddly enough, this seems to have made Knight's capture slightly more possible. Some might feel Knight acted wisely in pleading guilty to second degree burglary.

Next week: someone posts on Facebook while in the middle of robbing a house, and asks friends what should be stolen.

 

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