Thursday, January 15, 2009

Facebook used to nab thief

Source: The Straits Times

WELLINGTON - NEW Zealand police have arrested a safe burglar by using the popular social networking website Facebook to identify and track him down.

Calling it the 'first Facebook arrest', Queenstown police in southern New Zealand posted security-camera footage and pictures showing the man's face as he tried to break into the safe of a local tavern on Monday.

'The offender was identified after a movie and images of him were displayed on Facebook. He was identified from members of the public viewing him on Facebook and also seeing him on TV after the Facebook images were displayed on the news,' the police station said in a statement on its Facebook page.

Police said the unnamed, 21-year-old Queenstown native would appear in court on Wednesday

That's pretty cool and scary at the same time. It's great that facebook can help solve crime but that means if you're on facebook everything about you is known. I've heard that employers are now commonly using facebook to get a 'look' at their job applicants. So get those drunken pictures down! :)

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