Facebook Problem

You know you have a problem with social media when...
JACKSON, Miss. - This is one of those stories with a moral: When you're in the middle of robbing a business, don't stop to log onto facebook on the office computer.

Prosecutors say that's what Mississippi man Jason Smith did last summer, and that's why he got caught.

Authorities say Smith was rummaging around a U-Haul truck and rental service in Jackson in the early morning hours, when he took a moment to sign into the social networking site. Then, realizing he probably needed to cover his tracks, police say he came back days later and stole the computer he'd used.

The Carion-Ledger reports that after the apparent break-in, a company official told police a computer had been used and that Smith's facebook page was left on the screen. Five days later came word that the computer in question had disappeared.

Smith is charged with two counts of business burglary...
If Mr. Smith was convicted, I hope that he received the treatment that he needed for his problems; especially his apparent Facebook addiction.
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Note: Just a clarification. There is a difference between a "robbery" and a "burglary."

In the above story, Mr. Smith is accused of breaking into a closed business with the intent of committing a felony therein; this is a burglary. In general, a robbery is taking something from someone through force or the threat of force. Robberies involve confrontations between people, burglaries do not.

Next time, I hope an editor for the CBS NEWS' Crimesider site (where this story was found) catches this type of mistake and uses the experience as a "teaching moment."  

35 comments:

Sue said...

I did not know the two words meant different things until today. Hrm. Thank you!! I will remember this for future reference. I've always thought the two were interchangeable.

Blond Duck said...

Ha! I'm surprised he wasn't on Twitter or Instragram-- posting something like @ robbing bank! :)

messymimi said...

Yes, my parents were once robbed at gunpoint, but their home was never burgled, thanks to the dog. That's how i remember the difference.

Some people are too dumb to go into a life of crime.

Maxi said...

Facebook in the commission of a crime, brilliant.
Blessings ~ Maxi

Pat Hatt said...

Never knew there was a difference between the two and LMAO what an idiot

Jeanette Levellie said...

How crazy is that!!! I love stupid crook stories.

lisa said...

They walk among us...and breed.

Wow, I thought I was a stickler for word semantics! I got nuthin' on you!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Talk about dumb!

Stephanie D said...

Now that is funny!

Arlee Bird said...

Criminals are not necessarily known for their intelligence much like the media is not always known for its accuracy.

Lee
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LD Masterson said...

I love Lee's comment so I'll just say Amen.

Jolene said...

Wow, you wonder how some people get through life! haha

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Brian Miller said...

ha. dumb crooks are awesome....ugh...serious facebook addiction there...he needs help for sure...smiles.

Shauna Nosler said...

Reminds me of the guy that whilst robbing a house took a nap on the woman's couch - oopse!

Luisa Doraz said...

Thank you for explaining. Stay well.

Momma Fargo said...

You know, that was one of my pet peeves...when someon would tell me that they had been robbed! It actually was almost always a burglary. Ugh. LOL. Anyhoozle, thank God for dumb criminals, right?

Stina Lindenblatt said...

*snort* How stupid can one be?

ROFL at Blond Duck's comment.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I don't understand why people like Facebook so much. Is it the attention? I can't stand looking at mine. I only do so once a week if that.

Kell said...

Um... I do believe this takes stupid to a whole new level. You know it's an addiction when you can't stop facebooking even when committing a crime.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Reminiscent of Stupid Criminals and Darwin Awards. =)

Carol Kilgore said...

Nobody ever said criminals were smart :)

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Oh my... some people...

ladyfi said...

Oh dear - he certainly has a bad addiction!

Sarah Ahiers said...

What a dumbass. This reminds me of when my house was burgled and my sis's car was stolen. The guy got a ticket for expired tabs (because she hadn't paid for them yet) then left the ticket in our neighbor's yard when he came back to burgle them. Since the ticket had the address on it, the police were able to find her jeep and the guy with the keys in his pocket.
Dumb.

Anthony said...

Wow, an amazing story to say the least...I also didn't know the difference between a burglary and a robbery--thanks for that info.!

Great find!

Lydia Kang said...

Thanks for the clarification on robbery vs burglary. Also, I think FB addiction is good for society. Easier to catch silly criminals that way.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Yeah, there IS that difference b/t robbery and burglary...

I usually explain that a ROBBERY involves typically TWO people - the "taker" and the "giver", while a BURGLARY doeesn't need any "ancillary assistance" (i.e. a homeowner, or proprietor)...that's almost always done when no one's around.

Social media is both a blessing And a curse, imho.
Maybe that's why I only blog. I won't get into the whole FB, myspace, or twitter gig.

I mean, who REALLY wants to be Te'oed anyway?

Very good post and lots of great comments.

Stay safe and warm out there.

SuziCate said...

You have got to be kidding me...someone actually did this?

carma said...

OMG what an idiot. Facebook will do it to ya ;-) I could see my husband stopping to check his account :D

Brian Miller said...

i actually used this today as i was talking to my students about what they put online...

Secret Agent Woman said...

Dumb crooks are a blessing to the police.

terri said...

I never realized the difference between the two words. Learn something new everyday!

Somehow I'm not surprised that he stopped to log in to Facebook. So many people seem unable to get through an entire day without letting the world know what they're doing and where they are. Still, you'd think he'd have given this a bit more thought.

Jen said...

Does that dumbest criminals show still exist? This guy belongs on it.

Lavinia said...

I have learned about the difference between robbery and burglary in 9th grade (in Romania). We had an American teacher for a while, he was so great! Very funny story you told us here. Facebook addiction is spreading at all levels:)

Candice said...

Too funny! Also, thanks for the clarification, I did not know that.