Friday, May 18, 2012

Internet cafe robbers caught after one forgets to log out of his Facebook account

No one has ever accused criminals of being the brightest folks on the planet. They done such silly (stupid?) things as posting images of their crimes to Facebook, and this new incident shows how silly (stupid?) they can be if bored in the middle of a robbery.

Two men walked into an Internet cafe in Cali, Columbia. This might sound like the beginning of a joke, but it is not (in a sense, it is because of the humorous ending). The two men were just (Web) browsing, but decided there was no reason to pay, but that they should instead make off with some funds.

With that, they decided to rob the Internet cafe. Armed, they allegedly assaulted the manager and made off on a motorbike that just happened to be stolen, as well.

That might have been the end of the story. After all, these are the sorts of crimes that go unsolved. There was just one little problem, though. Web browsing as they had been before they left the Internet cafe, one of the men made the mistake of leaving his Facebook account logged in.

As you might have expected, the police used that information to track down the thieves. Or, rather, they used that information to track down one of the thieves, most likely the Facebook account owner. Whether or not he will turn in his partner remains to be seen.

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While posting pictures of crimes on Facebook seems to be the more popular way to screw up using the world's largest social networking service, this isn't the first time a logged-in Facebook account has been a criminal's undoing.

In August of 2009, a teenager named Jonathan Parker broke into a Martinsburg, West Virginia home. His take: two diamond rings.

However, he also took something else: some broadband. He sat down at the home's computer and checked on his Facebook account. Seriously Jonathan, you should have used your Android phone or iPhone.

At any rate, just as with the two Columbia robbers, Parker failed to log out. Police quickly arrested him and charged him with one count of felony daytime burglary.

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