Facebook Photos Lead Police to Suspects in Burglary

CBS Pittsburgh, December 22, 2011

Police say they stole thousands of dollars in cash and goods, and then posed with their loot and posted the photos to a popular social media site.

Police say the three suspects, along with another teen, posted the photos on Facebook about an hour after they burglarized Elliott’s Town Market on Chartiers Avenue in the West End.

“We received information the day after the burglary that these pictures were posted on Facebook, and if you look at the pictures, you can see that the individuals are holding a large amount of cash,” Sgt. Kevin Gasiorowski, of the Pittsburgh Police, said.

Officials say $8,000 cash isn’t the only thing the teens took from Elliott’s.

“Numerous boxes and cartons of cigarettes, cartons of candy, checks and approximately $8,000 dollars in cash,” Sgt. Gasiorowski said.

A family member of one of the teens is the one who spotted the pictures online and tipped off police, officials said.

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Three juveniles, a 17-year-old and two 14-year-olds have already been arrested. {snip}

Police are still searching for the fourth suspect. He is identified by officials as 18-year-old Isaiah Cutler. {snip}

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  • ex-Indianapolis

    It is just “rayciss” that the police could identify burglars who used white technology to post their crimes online.

  • thoughtcrime

    Word. They are just reliving the Jena six days. Those thugs did exactly the same thing with the settlement money they got.

  • Bandmo

    Do “they” have to set alarm clocks in order get up in time to be that stupid, or is it a 24/7 thing with them?

  • Anonymous

    But they was good kids….they loved they grandmas, went to church once, attended school, love basketball and rap. They deserve another chance, and another and another.

  • sbuffalonative

    This reminds me of the Jena 6 photo:

    http://tinyurl.com/7gwab9j

  • Sincerely Concerned

    What they did, the burglary, was stupid enough. Then, they posed with the loot and posted the pics online? I…am almost at a loss for words. My mind cannot comprehend the level of stupidity that soars to. It just goes to show that certain people can simply commit a crime like theft (one of my most hated) and then brag about it. Actually, this goes beyond stupid. It’s pathological.

  • Anonymous

    Have you ever watched a bird steal a something sparkly to decorate their nests, like a piece of tinfoil? Sometimes black thieves remind me of the way the birds are so focused on the “loot” with no regard for human social consequences (broken trust, bad reputations, imprisonment, etc).