Status Update: We F*#cked Up
Fourteen members of a Brooklyn gang of amateurs accepted Facebook “friend” requests from an NYPD officer, Michael Rodrigues, who had been tipped off about their year-long Crown Heights burglary wave.
Rodrigues, according to the New York Post, friended several alleged members of the Brower Boys gang, through the social networking site. The officer simply monitored their activity when they carelessly revealed that it was “break in day on the avenue.”
The officer’s unique antics of crime investigation ended a wave of over a dozen break-ins spanning from April 2011 through this March, wherein the Brower Boys had swiped laptops, cameras, cell phones, etc. from several apartments.
According to authorities, two of these break-ins escalated to violence.
One of the suspects, an 18-year-old known as “Pretty Boy Sleepy,” used Facebook to upload photos of himself posing with guns.
They say you never know who’s watching, and the Brower Boys clearly did not.
Next time you use social networking media to stage your next crime, make sure you don’t use social networking media to stage your next crime.
After all, the chief goal is to not get caught, not gain notoriety from your few hundred closest acquaintances that may, shockingly, not take kindly to your criminal activity.
We give props to Rodrigues, who resorted to unorthodox means in order to put an end to these dangerous incidents. Although we are a bit worried that this commissioner’s next move to catch criminals would be to “Facebook ‘em” first.
Not to take away from Mark Zuckerberg’s once in a generation creation, but there may be a problem when law enforcement is using the same channel to catch criminals as my immature fraternity buddies use to “investigate" the new crop of sorority girls.
For those that do not want to end up like the Brower Boys, stop abusing Facebook, commit your crimes like big boys, or don’t do it at all. It is in your best interest to not indirectly inform hundreds, even thousands, of people of your next move.
So in honor of the Brower Boys, here are a few other real-life Facebook fails.