Social media is being incorporated by police to help them solve crimes and It is becoming a trendy way for felons to keep in touch with the law.
Local media reported over the weekend that a St. John's man wanted for a number out outstanding warrants had communicated with the RNC that he was going to turn himself in on Monday via Facebook.
Rodney Constantine, 29 made good on his Facebook word. He was wanted for traffic violations, charges of assault, breach of probation, breach of recognizance and failure to appear in court.
He is now a guest of the police. He is due to appear before the Provincial Court in the morning.
Unlike Constantine, 22-year-old Eddie Smith had no intention of turning himself in when he posted on his Facebook page that he had more than a dozen warrants out for his arrest.
The cocky Texan wrote, "So, I have 16 warrants out right now. Lol they know where I’m at tho so, it must not be TOO bad." When police were tipped off to the braggart, they paid him a visit.
Unable to pay his fines or make bond, Smith was ordered by a municipal judge to serve 51 days in jail where I assume his access to social media will be scaled back.
Police look at what information is public and sometimes create fake online identities to befriend suspects and view their private information.
Criminals with big egos or no sense at all, often use social networks to blab about the crimes they were plotting, set up drug deals, brag about wrongdoings and even upload incriminating videos.
There may be honour between thrives, but the jury is out on using social media to brag about your criminal misdeeds.
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