Tagged Facebook photos help cops nab partying burglars
Dianne Gallagher, reporting for NBC Charlotte, tells us to remember to be careful what we post online. Social networking site Facebook is playing more and more of a role in creating evidence for use in all sorts of cases. In one case, some young students might face burglary charges after breaking into a home and partying there while the family was away on vacation.
The kids thought they covered their tracks. The only thing out of place, according to the homeowner, was a dented window screen. Everything else was just fine, because the kids came back the next day, after the party, and cleaned everything up. They even did the dishes. The homeowner hadn't a clue what had happened.
But tagged Facebook photos show a completely different story, including a boy throwing up in the kitchen sink and another sitting shirtless on the homeowner's son's bed. Had it not been for bragging, said the homeowner, and the tagged photos (which the police are using to identify suspects), no one likely would ever have been caught.
In Maryland, breaking and entering into a residence is a felony charge. A burglary conviction could result in serious consequences for these young students (classmates of the homeowner's children), including a criminal record for potential employers to see.