Home Burglar Returns To Taunt Couple Via Facebook?

from the remote-logout-time? dept

Over in the UK, there’s a story about a home burglar, who stole a laptop among other things, and then used the fact that the latpop was logged into a Facebook account to taunt the victims via one family member’s own Facebook account, noting that he was happy with his take (especially the laptop and a Nintendo DS) and that he’d left the TV because it was “rubbish,” before noting that he was off to the pawn shop (he wrote “porn shop” but he probably meant the former). He then signed it, “regards, your nighttime burglar.” Of course, it makes you wonder if this only makes him easier to catch, as now police have an IP address to look up as well…

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Michial Thompson (user link) says:

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Finding your phone iPhone or not is really a function of the phone provider. *IF* they are willing to even try.

Recently I had $7200 worth of stuff stolen from my car, one of the items was my aircard. I went to Sprint who told me that the only thing they are willing to do is to block the aircard from being used on another account.

They refused to help me find out when it was last powered up, or even where it was last recorded as being.

In this case though, at least here in the states, the burglar taunting them online wouldn’t prompt the police to go through the paperwork to request the IP address, it’s owner, and eventually it’s subscriber. Especially when its a large company like MySpace because it would take too long, cost too much and have pretty good odds of it coming back to some public library or something like that.

In an ideal world the police would actually do their job in EVERY case, but the truth is they don’t have the manpower to do what it takes with every report, so they have to go for the stupid criminals, then pick and choose their battles on the rest.

Even though all my customers are Law Enforcement, and I know most of them are good people with good intention, I am actually rather glad that our rights are such in the States to make them work to get some of this information. The alternative is to have our rights erode to such a level that everyone is a criminal until proven inocent.

Alan Gerow (profile) says:

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Yeah, but a homeowner with insurance would be stupid to admit to that. Once an insurance agent got wind that the homeowner didn’t lock the door, then their insurance payout would go away.

I imagine a much higher number than gets reported aren’t in fact “break & enters” but just “enters”, as you suggest. My fiance has a horrible time remembering to lock our apartment front door, but fortunately there’s locks on the building doors and her DVDs are placed on the shelves closest to the front door. So, as long as the thieves just grab the easiest DVDs, they’re hers anyway … and then the thieves can bitch & moan later at the number of chick flicks they managed to swipe.

Anonymous Coward says:

Read the rest of the report before you tell people to get it right.

The next said: “Listening to music on my new phone feels so good.

“I have the laptop, phones OK but a bit scratched itll do. TV was rubbish so I left it, ds was a bonus. now to the porn (sic) shop I gooo, thankyou Toshiba is my favourite make.

hegemon13 says:

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I am pretty sure the AC was pointing out the misuse of the pronoun “they.” The rest of the article makes no difference. The author used “they” to refer to a singular, gender-unknown burglar, which is a grammatical taboo. “He,” “she,” “he/she,” or just “the burglar,” would have been preferable.

Xanthir, FCD (profile) says:

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I am pretty sure the AC was pointing out the misuse of the pronoun “they.” The rest of the article makes no difference. The author used “they” to refer to a singular, gender-unknown burglar, which is a grammatical taboo. “He,” “she,” “he/she,” or just “the burglar,” would have been preferable.

Well, no, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using “they” like that. It’s the singular neuter pronoun *and* the plural neuter pronoun in English. Has been for *literally* centuries – go look up some Shakespeare.

The problem is that it’s horrifically ambiguous when you also have a plural referent in the sentence – every time the story used “they” it sounded like it was talking about the homeowners. You’re correct that using “the burglar” would have been best.

Anonymous Coward says:

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He never said it uniquely identifies the burglar, just that it might help them track the guy down. Considering that you have date/timestamps on Facebook and you should know the general area that this burglar is in, the IP address could help you figure out if he was using this from a public area. Of course, it might not help at all if he was going through a proxy or something similar. Either way it is essentially giving free evidence to the police.

kevin lane (profile) says:

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yea they should be able to bind the ip address to his home modem which will have a mac address on it which will be registerd with the isp and more than likely linked to his account as most isp can do remote diags. unless he was going through a wireless router e.g next doors then they would just need to set up a perimiater around the area if the owners have some sort of extended warrenty with who ever they brought the laptop off they can check the serial number and see if matches…they will get him just a matter of time

John Doe says:

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Say what? You are worried about the “possibly” incorrect grammar and you don’t even know for sure if it is incorrect? Maybe you should worry about your own lack of understanding. Me, I don’t know if it is incorrect or not but I am not worried about it either. Ignorance is bliss, as “they” say. πŸ˜‰

hax says:


But perhaps if the police actually did something about robberies they’d stop having so many. Perhaps it’s the same few people doing them all the time. I’ve had my car broken into 3 separate times and not once did they do anything at all.

It should be easy to get those IP addresses..doesn’t the RIAA do it all the time?

Alan Gerow (profile) says:

Re: police

Because the police don’t make money off of getting you your stuff back. They’re more interested in arresting drug offenders & writing traffic tickets, because they can sell off the inventory they collect stealing from drug dealers. They know where their money comes from, and it ain’t from getting a bunch of CDs stolen from your car back. They’ve found becoming the thieves themselves is far more profitable.

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