If you stole someone’s phone, what would be the first thing you did with it? Sell it? Try and steal the owner’s personal information? What about posting a picture of yourself on one of his social media accounts? Well, the latter is what one phone thief decided would be the best option. The thief nabbed an iPhone mid-May and posted his selfie on the victim’s Instagram story shortly after. Having no success in finding the thief, the Kearny Police Detective Bureau in New Jersey has now turned to Facebook with the hope that someone will be able to identify him.
In an age where everyone is on social media, it comes as a bit of a surprise that a thief of any kind would choose to post something as indisputably incriminating as a selfie onto a Instagram story. With the police having posted the selfie on their Facebook page and a number of news outlets also posting reports including the photo, it seems that it’s only a matter of time before someone who recognizes the thief turns him in. In truth, I am pretty surprised that the crook even decided to post any sort of picture of himself online, because, one, it’s evidence, and, two, anything can go viral these days. Even if the story was deleted after a couple of minutes, a single screenshot would ensure that the digitized evidence lasted forever.
You can read about all sorts of convoluted ways that other thieves have tried to cover up their tracks but I guarantee you that none of them would involve releasing a photo of themselves to the public. What the thief may have thought to be a clever picture of himself making a funny face may now just be what gets him in trouble with the police. It would be poetic justice for someone who flaunted their thievery on social media to be caught with the help of social media.