twitter-arrestIn Denton, Texas, an art student started a twitter feed that posts every arrest as it happens. The idea here was to explore the possibilities of social platforms like Twitter to share public information. The question in this case is if it’s morally right to embarrass these people for just an arrest? An arrest meaning that the person has not been tried in court and convicted of the crime. That person was merely accused of the crime.

There are two issues with this question. First is that the district attorneys shouldn’t pursue a shaming policy until they have a conviction, and second, the idea behind this project is that arrest records are public, and the creator of this project, Brian Baugh, a student at the University of North Texas, is only trying to make public information truly public.

One idea that can be used here to make this work is to include strong disclaimers that accounts posted are accusations and that nobody has been convicted, however, exactly what should be done about this is still not sure. If you have any ideas or suggestions, leave us a comment telling us what you think should be done.

(Via CriminalJustice.Change)

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money-gps1 A new trend in bank security is the use of a credit card sized GPS tracker that can be hidden in a stack of cash. When the bank robbers steal the money, they will most likely not notice the GPS tracker between the bills, and get away with the cash and the tracker, giving police the exact location of the thieves. This is exactly what happened to three armed robbers (Timothy Rucker, 33, Phillip Griffen, 31, and Brandon Barnes, 25) when they robbed a TCF Bank branch on Dec. 30th. After pointing a gun at the bank teller and demanding money, they got away with  about $9,000 and unknown to them, two tracking device which can broadcast GPS, cell-phone and RF signals that police can monitor using a Web browser.

About an hour after the robbery, the police tracked down the robbers to Rucker’s parent’s house, which was their meet up point. After entering the house, police found a small handgun in a clothing bin, and behind a freezer, a blue nylon bag with $8,789, and the two tracking devices. The last bit of missing cash, $250 was found in one of Barnes’ socks.

The use of GPS trackers in banks surfaced in Illinois banks about two years ago, said Illinois Bankers Association spokeswoman Debbie Jemison, and is so new that the association isn’t sure how widespread its use is. But Jemison said newer security measures such as these may be part of the reason bank robberies have decreased.

(Via ChicagoTribune)

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comcast Unlike the iPhone hacker that got offered a job as an App Developer by creating and spreading an iPhone virus, a Tumwater, Washington man is facing 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 for hacking into Comcast. He did this mostly for the fame and pride as shown by the page that he redirected the Comcast customers to. When customers tried to access their email and voicemail accounts, users were sent to a page that the hacker had created, bragging about his conquest. Sources say the hacker also tried to call Comcast to tell them about it and get some more fame, but the manager hung up on him.

(Via King5)

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computer-hackerA group of hackers were recently arrested for using a new hacking tool that allows anyone to hack into any website, quickly, easily, and without any hacking experience.  Police caught the two creators of this tool, who made more than 2 million yuan (US$293,000) by selling it to other hackers. Another four unnamed suspects were captured for using the software to steal online bank accounts or passwords for online games that they could sell.

“With the software, anyone who can operate a computer can become a hacker… Those amateur hackers could also use affected computers to attack business computer users and blackmail them for money” said Huang Shaokui, vice police chief in Macheng.

The investigation found that the “little rat” program had affected more than 110,000 computers in a month, and all these computers were controlled by hackers without the owners’ knowledge.

(Via: ShanghaiDaily)

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moskowitz_arrest2Police were able to make an arrest in a cold case after a local news station aired enhanced surveillance video captured at the scene of the crime.

Earlier this year, police enhanced surveillance video of the alleged suspect in a “PITT” sweatshirt with a woman wearing distinctive glasses. After NBC4 aired the report in October, someone recognized the woman in the video and contacted police. From that information, investigators were able to make an arrest contingent on the surveillance tape evidence.

This is not the first time that this tactic has worked; this was the third in a series of high-profile cold case arrests by the District Police within the past two years. The other two arrests were in the Chandra Levy murder case and the Shakita Bell case. Airing this surveillance tape really made the difference between another cold case, and an actual arrest.

(Via NBC)

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John Scott

John Scott, officially L.A.’s oldest street vandal, was arrested this month for putting up hundreds of “Who Is John Scott?” stickers around Los Angeles. The police expected this to be the work of teenage “slap taggers”, who put up stickers all over the place advertising shoes, skateboards, music bands, and sometimes their own hand-drawn “art”. In this case, the stickers were advertising the website titled “Who is John Scott?”, which was selling T-shirts and hats, but were not developed by teenagers.

Police were monitoring a subway station for graffiti vandals when they noticed an older looking man putting up stickers on the walls. When they questioned and searched the man, they found him with tons of orange “Who is John Scott?” stickers, which have been responsible for thousands of dollars worth of damages within the last year.

The police were shocked at the age of this graffiti artist, making him officially the oldest street vandal ever caught.

“Up until this year, the oldest guy we had arrested was 36,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Erik Ruble. “We knew our guy was older, but not [73].”

As of right now, John Scott is being held in custody on a $20,000 bail on suspicion of felony vandalism. It is unclear if his case will be presented to the prosecutors, but the mystery of “Who is John Scott?” no longer exists.

(Via LATimes)

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calucagAn accused murderer who was allegedly involved with disappearance of two others is now facing further charges for identity theft. 60-year-old Henry Calucag Jr., also known as Hank Jacinto, was recently indicted by a Federal Grand Jury yesterday on multiple counts of fraud, money laundering and illegal transportation. His girlfriend Debra Anagaran, 52, was indicted on similar charges.

Originally indicted for coercing a man into signing over $200,000 worth of  promissory notes to a company that Calucag owned, the couple is at it again.  Three male victims were persuaded to travel with Calucag to the Philippines after which they disappeared and over $250,000 worth of property transferred into Calucag’s name. Calucag was finally caught and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

(Via Honolulu Advertiser)

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poke-at-own-riskI’m sure you’ve heard of criminals getting themselves caught through Facebook with such things as status updates telling the police where they are, or even “friending” police officers. But for the very first time, we now have someone who was actually arrested for something they did on Facebook. And I’m talking about “Poking.”

If you poke someone, if sends them a notification telling that that they’ve been poked and asking them if they want to poke back. In the case of Shannon D. Jackson of Tennessee, she apparently violated a restraining order when she poked someone she is not supposed to have any contact with. The U.S. law prohibits her from “telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner” and a Facebook poke is considered to be “communicating with the petitioner.” In the state of Tennessee, violating a restraining order is a class A misdemeanor, punishable with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2500. The lesson here is, be careful who you poke.

(Via WebProNews)

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