"Inside Edition" on Thursday reported about stupid lawbreakers who proudly posted their crimes on Facebook and other social media. The criminals made it quite easy for law officials to track them down and charge them.
"Inside Edition" is the thirty-minute American television syndicated news magazine program that reports on a mix of tabloid crime stories, investigations, and celebrity gossip. The news magazine on NBC found people across the country who foolishly posted their crimes on the internet and ended up in serious trouble. Below are five crimes people committed and posted videos to brag about them. In all instances, law officials were watching and people paid for their crimes.
First, "Inside Edition" showed a video of a man who was drinking and driving. He was saying, "I'm drinking and driving. We all know drinking and driving is against the law. You're not supposed to do that." The 54-year-old lawbreaker from Hawaii filmed himself drinking from what looked like a bottle of Becks beer. When the police saw the post, the man was promptly charged with drinking while driving. Later he claimed it was cream soda and not beer in the bottle, so the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the drinking while driving charge if he would post a new video to counteract what he had advocated.
The second incident was about two Boy Scout troop leaders who gloated about toppling over an ancient rock formation in a state park in Utah. They posted the video online, and millions of people watched it including the police. They both pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.
Next, "Inside Edition" showed a video from a motorcyclist's helmet camera. The 26-year-old motorcyclist posted a video of himself weaving in and out of traffic going more than 100 miles per hour. He posted the video with the title: "Catch Me If You Can." The police did catch and arrested Alberto Rodriguez who was found guilty of felony theft when they discovered his joyride was on a stolen motorcycle. Police also discovered Rodriguez is already facing two outstanding felony warrants and one misdemeanor warrant for family violence.
In another video on YouTube, 19-year-old Hannah Sabata brags about a series of crimes, including a bank robbery. She proudly displayed a handful of currency in the video. She is now serving a prison sentence of up to 20 years for her crimes. Police found out about them because Sabata herself posted the evidence police needed to charge her.
"Inside Edition" said perhaps the most brazen social media criminal is the guy who was stupid enough to post a selfie as he siphoned gas from a police cruiser. He posted the photo to Facebook. The next photo he posed for was his mugshot. Security expert Steve Kardian for "Inside Edition" said about this incident, "I look at this and I say, 'Could anyone really be that stupid?'"
Committing a crime is breaking the law. Posting the crime on Facebook or another social website is asking to be caught and makes the police's job much easier.