Alleged tablet thief accidentally posts his picture on victim’s Facebook page

By on January 13, 2013
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Another one added to the dumb criminals on the internet pile.


Every week, there’s a story about the dumbest criminals in the world getting themselves caught thanks to social media. But this one takes the cake with possibly the stupidest thing so far.

South Africa-based IOL News reports that James and Barbara McCall encountered a burglary in their house where their Samsung tablet went missing. Fair enough, but later on when the husband logged into Facebook to change his passwords, he found a picture of a stranger uploaded onto his wife’s Facebook account. A man that he believes is the burglar himself. Talk about failure of social media:

“He probably did not realize he was doing it. Usually you never log off from a tablet, so it could have happened quite quickly.”

Now that the picture has been handed over to the police, he’ll definitely wish it was Google Plus he would’ve opened instead.


Filmmaker and film writer. An ironically strange combination. Follow his tweets on @faisalhashmi for his escapades in film.

  • James Prabhakar

    Whether it is Facebook or Google Plus, If Instant upload is enabled. Any photo taken with the tablet is automatically uploaded to the respective accounts. This burglar would have tried taking a self photo with the samsung tablet.

  • jahanzeb aamir

    One good reason never to log off from you tablet :D

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