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Selfie disaster: Facebook post leads to shoplifter’s arrest

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Kids nowadays are alway taking selfies for fun. However, there are a lot of adults who are also addicted to taking selfies, and that’s what put a south Illinois shoplifter in handcuffs. The shoplifter just couldn’t resist snapping a selfie of herself in the items she recently stole.

Usually, if you commit a crime you don’t draw attention to yourself, but Danielle Saxton, 27, just couldn’t help herself. Eonline reported on Monday, July 21, after stealing some fabulous clothes from Morties Boutique in West Frankfort, Saxton took a moment to cement her crime in cyberspace.

Kert Williams, co-owner of Morties Boutique explained to WSIL-TV that the dress taken was very unique, and that Saxton not only took the dress, but other items including shirts and jewelry. A couple of weeks ago when returning to work William saw Saxton leaving the store with the stolen goods. “Her excuse was there was nobody in here. We were in the back working, and that she could just take it. You know, not really much of an excuse there,” Williams said.

A few months ago Morties installed security cameras in the store. Williams was able to post the footage from the store on Facebook almost immediately, and with the help of other users Saxton’s pictures and the store footage was soon linked.

West Frankfort Police Chief Shawn Talluto said that social media played a huge part in this arrest. “We just had a description and a direction of travel, but when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was. And by looking at the background of the photograph we were able to pinpoint where she was at,” said Talluto. He added that when you post something on the internet it can take only minutes for it to go viral for the world to see.

When police arrived to arrest Saxton, she still had the goods with her. Officers soon discovered that Saxton was wanted on another warrant in different county. Saxton has since been released, but hopefully will think twice before her next shoplifting-selfie moment. Lesson for the day: stop and think before you selfie, oh, and don’t take things that aren’t yours, you will get caught.

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