Brazil Fugitives Give Thumbs Up After Successful Escape
Two Brazilian criminals who successfully broke out of prison stopped to take a selfie, giving a “thumbs up” to celebrate their new freedom. “On the run from jail,” his caption reads.
Unfortunately for Brayan Bremer, a convicted robber, and his unnamed companion, their victory was short lived. Not long after his post, he and his fellow escapee were recaptured and sent back to prison.
The duo, along with more than 100 others, were able to break out after a prison riot that left 56 people dead. Authorities said a undisclosed number of people were recaptured.
Ohio Fugitive Took Selfie Instead of Mugshot
Donald “Chip” Pugh
was wanted in connection with crimes including drunk driving, arson, and vandalism. But he wasn’t a fan of the mugshot local police were posting of him on social media
– so he snapped a selfie that he thought was much more flattering. The police added the picture to their existing post requesting that he turn himself in.
Maybe Take the Masks Off First?
When these two masked girls
robbed a fast food restaurant in Sweden, they nearly got away with it. Unfortunately, they left their phones at the crime
scene, complete with this incriminating selfie. Please, black coats and knives are so last summer.
Californian Adam Howe
decided to rob a church of its computers, cash, and other valuables. It was the perfect crime – except that he left his phone at the scene. It only took the police a few moments to flip through his photos and find this fateful selfie.
This Is Why You Always Log Back In
After breaking into a home and stealing a phone, among other valuables, Ashley Keast
decided to post a new selfie to WhatsApp. Unfortunately, he didn’t think to sign into his own account on the phone before posting, and displayed the photo under his victim’s account instead. It only took a few hours for friends and family members to notify the victim of the new photo, and for Keast to be caught.
Deciding to transport illegal drugs is questionable enough. But if you choose that career, definitely don’t boast about it on social media by posting a picture with a wad of illicitly acquired cash. That’s what this drug mule
did, though, and it’s also what got him arrested.
posted a photo of himself with a gun – one that he recently used to commit a crime. You can probably assume it didn’t take too long for the police to find him after this. Was it really worth the few likes he might have gotten on Facebook?
No Facebook Allowed in Prison
These two guys
successfully snuck a phone into prison, which is something of an accomplishment. Less of an accomplishment? Posting a photo of themselves in prison with said phone on social media. Their gadgets were immediately confiscated.
A woman got a shock while checking her photos, discovering a snapshot of a strange man
sitting at her kitchen table. Even creepier? Her handbag is visible in the image, meaning that she was home at the time. The invader reportedly only stole food, but the incident was disturbing enough for the victim to change all of her locks.
Flaunting the Family Cash
What’s even bolder than the post-crime selfie? The mid-crime selfie, of course! Thisburglar
paused to pose with the winter coat and cash he was taking, snapping the picture on a laptop he also lifted. He posted the image straight to the victim’s social media accounts, where it almost immediately caught the attention of the police.
World Trade Center Selfie
Sneaking into any guarded building isn’t a smart move, particularly when it’s one of the most recognizable addresses in the country. That’s what this teenager
discovered when he trespassed at 1 World Trade Center. That cool profile pic got him arrested and lost the security guard on duty his job.
Maybe This Wasn't the Best Time for a Snapshot
gained notoriety by running out onto the field during the 2013 College World Series final – and then snapping a selfie with the guards chasing after her. Her prank cost her a fine of $1,500.
The Cloud Is a Robber's Worst Enemy
This young woman
stole an iPad and then proceeded to take a flurry of silly selfies with it. Not wise – especially since the victim’s cloud was immediately updated with the new photos. Thanks to those selfies, the police knew exactly who to look for.
Strange Kindle Notification
may have accidentally snapped this photo of himself while stealing a Kindle. Regardless, the previous owner found it while syncing his new device, and took it straight to the authorities.
Don't Take Selfies If You're Going to Rob Someone
robbed another man at gunpoint, taking his phone and some cash. But thanks to iCloud, the photo he posted helped the police identify him.
Smile for the (Stolen) Cameraphone!
This pair of phone thieves
posed for a celebratory post-crime portrait. Too bad it went straight to the cloud, where the phone’s owner noticed it and notified the police.
It’s a familiar story: someone snatches a smartphone, and decides to post a selfie. It didn’t work out so well for Jess Ewald
, who was promptly arrested.
Time for Your Daily Cash Bath!
couldn’t resist snapping a shot of her relaxing soak in a bath full of cash. The only problem? Her mother is currently under trial in the Philippines for allegedly helping the parliament embezzle $230 million – and this photo ensured that Napoles landed under investigation for tax fraud herself.
Why Not Make a Text Group for Armed Robbers?
After a string of crimes had been committed in the United Kingdom by this specific group
, the police managed to capture one of their phones. Not only did they find several incriminating photos, but also a group text thread including all of the self-proclaimed “armed robbers.”
Thwarted By an Email Alert
After stealing a phone, this man
took a selfie with it. But the victim had adjusted his settings to receive an email alert any time a new photo was taken with his phone, a wise move that ensured a speedy return of his phone (and the arrest of the thief).