Face Palm! Check Out These Dumb Criminals Caught By Social Media

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With constant news stories about robberies and new ways for thieves to rip you off, it’s important to remember that not all criminals have Tony Soprano-level game. Here we've compiled some real-life examples of criminal not-so-masterminds who chose to brag publicly, on social media, about the exact details of their crimes along with their current location.


Aren’t you forgetting something?

A 19-year old crook in Pennsylvania broke into a woman’s house and stole two diamond rings from her jewelry collection while she was out. He then chose to check his Facebook on her computer, you know, because there’s a lot of down time in the middle of a robbery, before fleeing the scene. Unfortunately for the would-be thief, he forgot to log off his account. Police tracked the young man down and arrested him.


Gas on your face

So you’ve decided to siphon gas from a police car? Good start. Then you take a photo to commemorate the occasion. Obviously. Now what’s the point of doing all that if you aren’t going to upload it to your personal Facebook account? This was the apparent thought process of a 20-year-old man and his girlfriend in Kentucky. Although he claimed the picture was just a prank and they didn’t actually steal any gas, it was enough to earn him a stay overnight on the charge of “theft by unlawful tanking.”


Let’s make a deal in 140 characters or less

Earlier this week a mechanic from Toronto took to Twitter asking if any drug dealers wanted to drop by his place of work to deliver a “20sac” of marijuana, as he needed a "spliff." Unfortunately for Sunith Baheerathan, the York Regional Police are also on Twitter, and responded asking if they could come along. The tweet was immediately retweeted thousands of times and the mechanic was promptly fired.



Ready for my closeup

A woman in Nebraska stole a car, robbed a bank and then brilliantly posted all of he details in a YouTube video that she posted on her public account. After she was arrested the County Sherriff told The New York Times: “I’ve been sheriff for 19 years, and in law enforcement for 42 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”


Catch me if you... oh... you can

After being arrested for assault following a bar fight in Lockport, NY, a man decided to flee the state to avoid the charges. While on the run he updated his Facebook status regularly to reveal that he was working at a Tattoo Parlor in Terre Haute, Indiana. As if that weren’t enough he posted the photo of his wanted poster as well. Believe it or not, the police also have Facebook and successfully tracked down and arrested the not-so-hard to catch man.

Drew DiSabatino is a viral writer for iVillage. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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