Free advice for criminals: after committing a crime, you should consider not posting about your crime on the social networking website that nearly every single person visits multiple times per day. Just a thought!
WSIL-TV reports, via the Associated Press, that police in West Frankfort, Illinois, have arrested 27-year-old Danielle Saxton on misdemeanor retail theft charges. Saxton stole a dress, as well as some other clothing and jewelry, from a West Frankfort boutique and posted selfies on Facebook in the dress just a few hours later.
Store co-owner Kert Williams also took to Facebook to post about the theft after checking security cameras. He included images of the missing dress and Facebook users immediately led him to Saxton. Police Chief Shawn Talluto told WSIL-TV:
"We just had a description and a direction of travel, but when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was. And by looking at the background of the photograph we were able to pinpoint where she was at."
According to Talluto, Saxton had the clothes in her hand when officers arrived. Whoops! And after arresting her, they found that she was wanted on another warrant in Jackson County. Whoops again! Regarding the role social media played in the case, Talluto said:
"When you put something out there, it's a matter of minutes before it can go viral, and it can go to the world."