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Mom reports son to police as alleged PlayStation thief

Technically Incorrect: A Florida woman is on her local police department's Facebook page when she sees a picture of a wanted man. It is her son.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

"That's my boy! Oh, wait. That's my boy." Casselberry police department's Facebook page

Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. Or shoplifters. Or, you know, just criminals in general.

Sometimes, though, that doesn't work out, and mammas can do nothing but teach their kids the harder lessons.

This seems to have happened in Casselberry, Fla.

The local Target had been targeted by a thief who allegedly stole $670 worth of PlayStation and Xbox controllers. Target, though, has surveillance cameras. So the local police put up a couple of shots of their suspect on their Facebook page.

The images seemed distinct enough. And as WESH-TV reports, there was a familial twist. For one woman who fell upon this Facebook page was felled to see that the alleged thief was her son.

Sgt. Chris Pamatian told WESH: "She is at home on our Facebook page and comes across this bulletin that we are attempting to identify a thief, and low and behold it's her son."

Pamatian said the woman was so upset that she stormed into her 18-year-old son's bedroom at 1 a.m. and offered him due process.

Her son was later arrested there at home. He had allegedly already sold some of the controllers.

For many, of course, the alleged thief's mom did a brave and good thing. She didn't try to cover anything up.

I can't help wondering, though, whether she suspected something about her son already. How many Florida moms wander to their local police's Facebook page at 1 in the morning?