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Stupid Crimes: When Checking Facebook Too Often Leads to Jail Time

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Facebook thiefNow I consider myself someone who spends a lot of time on social media.  As the writer of the nation’s leading bail bond blog and the Chief Marketing Officer of the only nationally branded bail bond brand in the country, keeping my finger on the pulse of social media is important.  While I think this is important, I also think that there is definitely a point where you can cross a line of being on social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. too much.  Just ask the burglar in this next story who found out the hard way.

This past week in Minnesota, a man was burglarizing a home when he decided to stop what he was doing and check out his account on Facebook.  So he pulled a chair up to the family computer and logged himself into his Facebook account.  Now we aren’t sure if he was checking his Facebook messages or just trolling pages, but what we do know is what the authorities reported.  Apparently, when the man got bored and decided to get back to his exciting life of crime and finish the B&E (that is breaking and entering for you folks that don’t watch CSI) he had started and was currently in the middle of conducting, he forgot to log out of his account.  Yep, how stupid can you be, right?

When the homeowner returned home to find he had been burglarized, he also noticed a strange Facebook profile up on his computer screen.  So the homeowner decided to post something on the man’s page and provide his number for anyone to contact him with information.  Later that day, the burglar called the homeowner to arrange a swap.  Apparently when the crime was being committed, it was raining outside.  The Burglar had removed his shoes, belt and jeans during the crime…we aren’t even going to guess what was going on here.  Anyway, they arranged to meet for the swap.  Once the homeowner saw the burglar he recognized him from the Facebook profile and called the police.  The man was arrested and now needs a bail bond for breaking and entering.  He is facing up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.  Read the original story below.

Original article: Burglar Lands In Jail After Forgetting To Log Off Facebook On Victim’s Computer

Written by: Eric Granof

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