Review Category : Busted

An Unlikely Paparazzo—Amish Shopkeeper Catches Thief on Camera

creeperGood luck trying to get a picture with an Amish person the next time you go to Pennsylvania–it’s against their religion. But when a certain thief kept breaking Commandment number eight, thou shall not steal, local Amish businessman John Petersheim installed a camera to catch the crook in the act. No one ever said or chiseled into a tablet that taking pictures of others was wrong, especially when trying to forge a safer community.

The thief in the Georgetown area of Pennsylvania had been targeting stores run by the Amish, most likely under the pretense that these particular stores would not have taken such stringent security measures. Four businesses have been robbed since October continuing up until January, with one store hit a total of 6 times.

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Supermarket Surveillance Camera Reunites Dog with His Rightful Owner

dog-thiefDog-nappers, Bonnie Heyman and her grandson were charged with stealing a small chihuahua/dachshund canine that was tied to the ice machine in front of Gardner’s SuperValu grocery store while the owner was inside. Thankfully a high quality surveillance camera caught the March 20th’s criminal activities, making the alleged dog thieves identifiable, thus retrieving the dog back to his rightful owner within about 45 minutes.

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The FBI is Now Following You–On Twitter

screenshot_01If you’re a wanted criminal, choose your Farmville neighbors wisely. Instead of peeking over a picket fence at the strawberry patch belonging to the mysterious red-head who just friended you on Facebook, you could be looking through steel bars straight at the FBI agent that caught you.

According to an FBI document redacted by Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group, the FBI is using social networking sites to gather information on those suspected of illicit activity, known witnesses to crimes, and people who are targets of crime.

But the FBI is able to access a bit more information on a person than the average Tweeter. Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the FBI agents can prompt a social networking site like Facebook, Myspace, or LinkedIn to send a request in order to view confidential information such as private inbox messages.

The FBI document states that such information can be helpful in proving or disproving alibis, locating a suspect, discovering connections and relationships between people, and detecting the existence of a crime or a crime in the making.

Should your welfare ever depend on a criminal being caught using MySpace or Twitter, you’re probably out of luck. According to the document, MySpace requires a search warrant to view private inbox messages less than 181 days old.  Though Twitter also requires a subpoena or search warrant, it gives no contact information for law enforcement officials to use in order to demand information and retains only the IP address of the latest login. Facebook, on the other hand, usually cooperates with law enforcement officials.

So if you’re running from the law, maybe collecting cyber friends isn’t such a good idea–you might end up with a federal agent on your tail.

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GPS Tracking System in Car Rental Helps Track Down iPod Thieves

2202854905_4752c3a086It’s not everyday that the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the NYPD get to work together, but thanks to a GPS tracking device, the two teams were able to work together to catch thieves embroiled in a major heist..

First the NYPD contact the Wyoming troopers to let them know to keep a watch out for a stolen rental car. Fortunately the rental company had installed a GPS tracking device inside of the vehicle, so the NYPD was able to determine which region the car was in, which is why they contacted the Wyoming Highway Patrol. As a result, the Wyoming Highway Patrol was able to quickly spot the car this past monday night. The suspects in the car were immediately arrested and troops managed to find $37,000 in stolen jewelry, laptop computers, iPods and digital cameras in the car.

(Via Q2 KTVQ)

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Shopkeeper Uses Facebook to Nail Thief

the-jointThis certainly isn’t the first time that Facebook has been used to catch a crook, and we’re pretty sure that it won’t be the last.

After two men broke into a head shop in Boston, the store owner posted a surveillance video of the break-in on the store’s Facebook page. One of the thieves can be seen in the video stealing a $4K glass tube.

Within a few days, the video had 6,000 views and the store’s online community managed to recognize one of the thieves. The police made an arrest soon after. Meanwhile, the police are still working on identifying the second suspect.

(Via Technorati Lifestyle)

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