Sunday, May 06, 2012

After trashing ex-'s place, woman brags about it on Facebook

With the possible exception of arsonists, the saying that criminals return to the scene of their crimes is mostly urban legend. What's becoming reality, however, is that more and more of them feel the need to advertise such crimes on Facebook - which makes absolutely no common sense since in general the authorities will get wind of the crime.

The latest criminal who couldn't control their Facebook obsession is a 27-year-old Lexington, South Carolina woman, who vandalized her ex-boyfriend's belongings and then updated her wall on Facebook to brag about it. At least her name hasn't been announced, meaning she won't be honored with a Facebook page memorializing herself.

The 30-year-old victim spoke with officers about the incident, but had an easy time proving who did it due to a certain social networking service. Although the pair never lived together, she occasionally spent the night, and thus had a perfect excuse to gain entry to his house: she pretended to want to pick up some belongings.

She did far, far more than that.

For some unspecified reason, the man's pool table was a central object of hatred for the woman. No only did she pour vegetable oil all over the pool table's surface, she broke several pool sticks, threw billiard balls around the residence and also broke several doors.

Fortunately for the victim, the proof was on the Internet. He showed officers several Facebook messages from the woman, where she bragged about her actions. The damage was estimated to be about $500.

It's not the first time a criminal was a little too loose with Facebook posts. Just a short time ago, a thief siphoned gasoline from a car, but not just any car. It was a police cruiser. He then bragged about it on Facebook.

Late last year, Isaiah Cutler, 18, and three underage teen cohorts stole over $8,000 worth of cash, cigarettes, candy and checks from a business. The group then took a "nice portait" of themselves with the loot, which they then posted to Facebook.

Finally, though not really the last by a longshot, Frankie Almuina, 20, and Kayla Almuina, 19, were arrested on suspicion of two counts of child abuse in late 2011 at their northern Arizona home after police were alerted by an anonymous tip. The tip came from a caller who saw Facebook posts including images of the couple's children, an infant and a toddler, bound with duct tape.

In that case, the parents said it was all a joke. Joke or not, no one is laughing.

All these Facebook posts, and plenty more, mean that the jobs of the police are made easier. Perhaps, then, we should be glad that these criminals have about as much common sense as someone who posts drunken images of themselves to (ahem) Facebook.

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