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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Beth Harpaz and the Real Housewives of Lexington Place: The Great Facebook Detectives

You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

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If you've gotten this far into the article, you might be under the impression that Facebook is a morass of law-breakers, and no place for an honest citizen. Not so! It can be used not just to boast of crimes, but to solve them as well!

Beth Harpaz's young son suffered the sort of crime common in their Brooklyn neighborhood -- a bigger, meaner kid made off with his sweet BMX bike. But not content to just write it off as the law of the streets, she tracked the perpetrator down -- via his middle school yearbook, and, ultimately, via Facebook. An email was sent to the kid's mother (who was also a Facebook user), and the green-and-white bicycle was back where it belonged.

Meanwhile, a group of women in, Brunswick, Georgia, who call themselves the Real Housewives of Lexington Place decided not to stand for it when several moving trucks in their neighborhood were broken into. They put the "networking" part of social networking to use; before long, one of the women in their social network had identified the criminal, a local 18-year-old, who was taken into custody.

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