The Huffington Post David Moye First Posted: 05/15/12 11:36 AM ET Updated: 05/16/12 12:28 PM ET
Two budding burglars in Calima, Colombia, are learning the hard way that Facebook and crime don't mix.
It seems the two aspiring -- and unidentified -- criminals robbed an Internet cafe at gunpoint recently and proceeded to make a clean getaway on a motorcycle, according to MSNBC.
It may have appeared to be the perfect crime, except one of them forgot to log out of the Facebook account he'd checked at the cafe before attempting the robbery.
As you might expect, the police got his address, drove to the criminal's home and took the suspect to jail, Gizmodo reported.
The rise of Facebook seems to have coincided with an increased number of reports of dumb thieves.
Last month, Michael Baker of Jenkins, Ky., was arrested for siphoning gas from a police car after he posted a picture of himself committing the crime on Facebook.
No wonder Adam Falk of Mashable is suggesting Mark Zuckerberg make the social network's unique crime fighting potential a major part of the IPO.
Need more proof? Check out the gallery below.
According to <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20008851-504083.html" target="_hplink">CBS News</a>, a 19-year-old Florida mother faced legal trouble after she posted a Facebook photo of her infant appearing to smoke out of a bong. The Florida Department of Children and Families launched an investigation and planned to drug test both the mother and child, despite the mother's protests that the photo was taken as a joke. The photo was sent to a local news station, which contacted the mother for a statement. "If u look at the picture u can see that there is no bowl in the TABACCO (sic) pipe," <a href="http://www.news4jax.com/news/24014552/detail.html#" target="_hplink">she wrote</a> in a Facebook message to the news station. "And i took a pic to show one (expletive) person and it was a mistake. I would never ever ever let him get high." According to the <a href="http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/mom-arrested-for-posting-facebook-picture-of-baby-861714.html">Palm Beach Post,</a> the mother is "facing one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor."
Police arrested Hendersonville, TN resident Shannon D. Jackson for allegedly violating the terms of an order of protection against her. Under the terms of the order, Jackson was forbidden from making contact with a certain Hendersonville woman, who claims Jackson <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/09/shannon-d-jackson-woman-a_n_315877.html" target="_hplink">defied the order by "poking" her on Facebook</a>.
On May 14, construction workers found the body of Genesis Sims, 9, in the crawl space of a vacant Colorado home. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/08/hanif-sims-and-monica-lyn_0_n_640191.html" target="_hplink">Police used a Facebook message</a> to track down and arrest the girl's father, Hanif Sims, and his girlfriend, Monique Lynch, in El Paso county. In the Facebook message, a couple identifying themselves as Hanif and Monique say "they found Genesis unconscious in the bathroom and hid her body after having a ceremony with prayers and flowers" and that "they wanted to give their side of the story before turning themselves in," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/08/hanif-sims-and-monica-lyn_0_n_640191.html" target="_hplink">AP reports</a>.
Ahmad Shuman, Naim Hanna, Antoine Ramia and Shebel Qasab of Lebanon were arrested after they created a Facebook page criticizing Lebanese President Michel Sleiman. The country has strict rules against "libel, slander and defamation," the <em><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/lebanon/7914474/Man-arrested-for-insulting-Lebanese-president-on-Facebook.html" target="_hplink">Telegraph</a></em> reported after Shuman was taken into custody. Authorities say that the page, titled "We don't want a hypocrite as president," strayed outside the "norms" of free speech. One of the page's posts read, "You're like a snake; all you do is from under the table." Another said, "You're not worth my foot," according to the <em>Telegraph</em>. "[T]he content is pure slander and aimed at undermining the head of state," the Lebanese justice ministry said in defense of its actions against the page's creators. If convicted, the four men could face two years behind bars.
Anthony Stancl, 19, posed as a girl on Facebook and "trick[ed] more than 30 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves, then us[ed] the photos to blackmail them for sex," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/25/anthony-stancl-19-gets-15_n_476214.html" target="_hplink">AP reports</a>. Stancl was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Bahamian authorities apprehended an American couple over a series of Facebook photos detailing the capture, cooking, and consumption of a rare iguana. <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/526701-pair-arrested-for-eating-iguana-on-facebook" target="_hplink">Metro.co.uk</a> reported that the photos showed the couple "catching an iguana, parts of an iguana on a grill, two men eating the iguana pieces, and a man and a woman cleaning what appears to be undersized conch." Police tracked the couple down and arrested them for violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Denise New of Arkansas was convicted of misdemeanor harassment for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/27/mother-denise-new-convict_n_592850.html" target="_hplink">"hijacking" her son's Facebook page</a> and making posts of her own. The two quarreled, and New locked her son out of the house and "mistakenly" made several posts to the boy's account, including the following: "The only mistake I ever made was having a kid." New told a judge that she had meant to post to her own account, but that her son had forgotten to log out. AP reports that New also changed her son's Facebook password and made profanity-laden posts using his account. A judge ordered her to complete classes for parenting and anger-management. New will also pay a fine of $435.
Fouad Mourtada, a resident of Morocco, created a Facebook profile identifying himself as Prince Moulay Rachid, the Moroccan King's younger brother. Mourtada was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison for "villainous practices" and "identity fraud," according to <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2008/02/07/moroccan-man-jailed-for-fake-facebook-profile/" target="_hplink">TechCrunch</a>.
Craig "Lazie" Lynch, an inmate at a minimum security prison, escaped while he was serving time for a robbery. Once out, Lynch began "posting defiant photos of himself mocking the police on the Internet," writes the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/13/craig-lazie-lynch-uk-fugi_n_421479.html" target="_hplink">AP</a>. Lynch's Facebook profile attracted 40,000 friends before police contacted Facebook "looking for information on where he might be hiding out and updating the site," the <em><a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6986256.ece" target="_hplink">Times Online</a></em> reports. Lynch was eventually caught and returned to jail.
Boutique owner Stacey Price received a tip from a customer that a local college student was shoplifting from her store. <a href="http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/wb/xp-118856" target="_hplink">She used Facebook to track the student down</a> and uncovered photos in which the suspect had posed with items Price thought may have been stolen. She followed links on the student's profile page, found another suspect, and turned over the information to police. Police questioned the two students, who confessed and were charged with stealing at least $200 from Price's boutique. "The Facebook pictures were invaluable to making the case," said officer Bryon Mayberry, quoted in the <em><a href="http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/wb/xp-118856" target="_hplink">Roanoke Times</a></em>.
With the help of Facebook, Filipino police arrested Mark Dizon, a man suspected of murdering nine people during a series of three armed robberies. Dizon was Facebook friends with the daughter of one of the victims, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/28/facebook-helps-philippine_n_661805.html" target="_hplink">AP writes</a>. Dizon's photos from the social networking site were shown to eyewitnesses, who identified Dizon as the shooter they had seen fleeing one of the murder scenes.
Fugitive Maxi Sopo, wanted for bank fraud, fled to Mexico to avoid arrest. However, he began posting Facebook updates about "living in paradise," according to the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/13/maxi-sopo-fraud-fugitive_n_319991.html" target="_hplink">AP</a>, and even friended a former U.S. Justice Department official who helped authorities locate Sopo's address and arrest him. Sopo could face up to 30 years behind bars.
Mafia hitman Pasqual Manfredi, aka "Scarface" was snagged by police who tracked the suspect via his copious Facebook chatting. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/facebook-finds-mafia-boss/story?id=10124958" target="_hplink">ABC News</a> explains Manfredi "had logged on to his Facebook account so often that police were able to trace the signal from his Internet key and find his hideout. " He was charged with murder, among other crimes.
Indonesian teen Farah Nur Arafah was sentenced to 75 days in jail for insulting her "romantic rival" Felly Fandini via Facebook. <a href="http://www.switched.com/2010/02/18/indonesian-teen-sentenced-to-jail-on-facebook-defamation-charges/" target="_hplink">Switched</a> writes, "Apparently, she called Fandini a dog and a pig, accused her of being promiscuous, and, in what must've been the clincher, said she was overweight." Judges found Arafah guilty of defamation.
College student Adam Bauer, 19, accepted a Facebook friend request from an attractive girl that he didn't know, then, shortly after, found himself hit with underage drinking charges. "An officer laid out photos from Facebook of Bauer holding a beer — and then ticketed him for underage drinking," reports the <a href="http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_0ff40f7a-d4d1-11de-afb3-001cc4c002e0.html" target="_hplink">La Crosse Tribune</a>, which adds Bauer "was among at least eight people who said Wednesday they had been cited for underage drinking based on photos on social networking sites."
Police say that 39-year-old John Forehand, father of a 13-year-old girl, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/12/john-forehand-man-asked-d_n_317148.html" target="_hplink">tried to solicit sex from his daughter via Facebook</a>. Forehand, under the pseudonym "Bad Daddy," told the girl he had had "inappropriate" dreams about her, and said "I'll take very good care of my little girl," according to Lancaster Online. Forehand proposed they meet for sex, but the girl told her mother, who alerted police. <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2009/10/09/man-asked-daughter-sex-facebook/" target="_hplink">FOXNews.com</a> writes about Forehand's arrest: <blockquote>The state Child Predator Unit and Ephrata Police arrested Forehand when he arrived at a predetermined meeting location on October 7. Agents seized a camera, tripod and an unopened box of condoms from Forehand's vehicle, along with a digital camera, camcorder, computers and data-storage devices from his home.</blockquote>
According to police, the Facebook account of a member of the Ivan Padilla gang provided police with key clues in the hunt for others belonging to the "flamboyant gang of young men and women who robbed the rich to feed their drug habits," writes the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i4Ona2xFHm-sXHSJOWNix1aqIKPA" target="_hplink">AFP</a>. Police "tracked the suspects by looking at their accounts in microblogging site Twitter and social networking site Facebook."
Prince Sagala reconnected with her children on Facebook after 15 years apart. Faustino Utrera, the father of Sagala's son and daughter, allegedly abducted the children from their California home in 1995. After initially contacting her daughter through Facebook, "Sagala alerted police, who used the names of friends on the daughter's page to track the girl to central Florida – and her high school," the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/10/prince-sagala-finds-abduc_n_608077.html" target="_hplink">AP writes</a>. "Sagala gave police copies of e-mails she exchanged with her daughter, which helped prosecutors build their case against Utrera." Utrera is facing kidnapping and child custody charges. Utrera was arrested, and Sagala is now working toward gaining custody of her children.
A Minnesota girl warded off multiple attempts at sexual assault by her mother's ex-boyfriend, Raymond Cesmat, who was babysitting her at the time. Cesmat had taken the girl's phone from her, but the 12 year old reached out for help by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/22/raymond-cesmat-rape-attem_n_655390.html" target="_hplink">using her iPod's Wi-Fi connection to log onto Facebook</a>. <a href="http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/minnesota/12-girl-uses-facebook-to-report-rape-july-15-2010" target="_hplink">Fox9</a> details the girl's resourceful actions: <blockquote>Cesmat entered the room and tried to take off the girl's pants, but she kicked and screamed for him to leave. When he left the room, the girl grabbed her iPod, logged on to Facebook and found Cesmat's daughter online, sending her a message to call her mom immediately and tell her to come to the house.</blockquote> She then barred the door, climbed out a window and sought shelter at a nearby gas station. Cesmat was arrested and "charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree." He committed suicide while in custody.