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Police Payback: Social Media Justice Meets Criminal Justice

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

wanted on FacebookIf a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?  We aren’t sure about the answer to this age old question, but what we do know is that if someone posts a wanted photo of themselves on Facebook, Police will find them.  That is the topic of today’s bail bond blog post.

This past weekend in northeast Pennsylvania, a man was thinking of new and interesting ways to brag about himself on Facebook.  He had gone through the usual posts of his dinner from the previous night, the sunset, his dog sleeping, and so on (by the way, for the record, we aren’t sure of his actual posts, but thought we would use these typical ones for dramatic effect).  Anyway, he finally decided to post a picture of himself.  However, this picture wasn’t an ordinary picture.  It was a wanted poster picture. Police who had been on the lookout for this guy, did the proper thing and “liked” the man’s post.  Then, posing as an attractive woman (what? The attractive women on Facebook that contact you out of the blue aren’t real?) police got the man to agree to meet for a cigarette.  Forty-Five minutes later, the man was captured an under arrest.  

Just to rub things in a bit, according to the article, “After the arrest, police posted this message: "CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER."  Read the original story below.

Original article: Police 'like' wanted Pa. suspect's Facebook post

Posted by: Eric Granof

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