May 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM ET
It may be a myth that criminals (other than arsonists) return to the scene of the crime, but plenty enjoy bragging about it on Facebook.
A 27-year-old woman in Lexington, South Carolina joined the Facebook-busted hall of fame last week after trashing her ex-boyfriend's house and memorializing her efforts on Facebook, WISTV.com reports. According to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department incident report, the accused entered the 30-year-old victim's home under the pretense of retrieving her belongings — an important part of any breakup — and proceeded to leave her mark.
It seems the ex-boyfriend's pool table was the focal point of her destruction, as she reportedly doused it in vegetable oil, snapped the pool cues and threw the billiard balls. Several doors were also broken. This she boasted about in Facebook posts the victim showed the deputies who responded to the man's civil disturbance call. The damage is estimated at $500, and the incident is still under investigation.
Should the woman's Facebook bragging lead to an arrest, she won't be in good company, but she'll have plenty of it.
Most notably, there's the "stupidest burglar" of Washington D.C. who, in 2010, who posted photos of himself on his 15-year-old victim's Facebook account, holding the cash he took from the boy's desk. "I've seen a lot, but this is the most stupid criminal I've ever seen," police officer Kyle Roe said.
Since then, we've all heard plenty of other examples. Why, just last month, an 18-year-old in Iowa used his Facebook wall to boast about "shooting up a house." He didn't mention the part about one of the bullets hitting a 13-year-old girl, ImperfectParent.com notes:
On Dkystra’s Facebook page, he lists his favorite activities as "partying" and "wrestling." He might want to add, "getting arrested" to that list.
Here's another April tale from the News Herald of Panama City, Florida:
Jonathan Appleby, 23, of Panama City, was arrested Tuesday after Bay County Sheriff's Office investigators found pictures of him and a friend on his Facebook page holding bottles of expensive Dom Perignon champagne, with the caption, "Hey, we're having Dom in the morning!"
The champagne had been stolen from a local hotel for which Appleby had previously worked, police said. And there's plenty more where those tales came from (the Internet).
Doing something stupid and posting it on Facebook — some people can't seem to do one without doing the other.
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