Facebook's most wanted

Social networking has a dark and hilarious side of ill-conceived criminality. Here are some of Facebook's dimmest crooks (and smartest detectives).

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Jonathan G. Parker: Portrait of a Facebook addict


I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a little addicted to Facebook. I have it on my phone, so I check it when I have a few spare moments during the day; and when I'm pounding away on my laptop keyboard, well, just knowing it's a mouse-click away is quite a temptation. In fact, even though I'm on a bit of a deadline to write this article, I've checked for Facebook updates multiple times while writing. (It's hard to not think about Facebook when you're writing about Facebook, you know?)

But I do have my limits! If I were a guest in someone else's house, for instance, I'd be reluctant to log on from their computer, mostly because I wouldn't want to be rude to my hosts. Even if I were in their house alone, I might hesitate, and would be sure to log off from my account and maybe clear Facebook's cookies for good measure.

Jonathan G. Parker did none of those things. He did a little Facebooking in a bedroom that wasn't his, then left with his profile still on the screen. That screen was in a house that he had broken into and was in the process of stealing jewelry from. With his name and photo there for the victims to see when they returned home, it wasn't hard for them to track down the friend he was crashing with. Parker was in jail in short order.

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