We do enjoy writing about how intellectually-challenged criminals wind up getting caught due to their inexplicably stupid actions via social media.
For example the chap who shared his own wanted picture on Facebook which led to his arrest 45 minutes later. Or the incarcerated convict who posted a selfie of himself and his cannabis plant from inside prison, leading to a jailhouse sweep and subsequent confiscation of said plant.
And next in line is Logan Rhys James who, after breaching parole conditions after serving several months for a bodily harm charge, posted a taunt to police on Facebook by commenting on the Facebook post asking the public for information leading to his [re]capture.
On the post made by Gwent police in Wales, Logan writes “Haha catch me you can, won’t see me slipping.” See copy from the now deleted post below.
Like most criminals who taunt police on social media, it wasn’t long before his post drew plenty of attention, and he was soon caught.
Police are keeping tight lipped on exactly how they tracked down the bumbling convict, but a statement from Superintedent Marc Budden suggests that his social media activity may have had something to do with it….
“We would like to thank the public, the media and Mr James himself for drawing attention to our efforts to return him to prison.”
Facebook and social media are becoming an increasingly important factor in the fight against crime with the majority of police forces across England and Wales, and indeed in most other areas of the world, launching themselves onto social media platforms.
They provide an effective communication tool and a way for police forces to relay information to the public. And of course they can be used to track down criminals on the run, especially if those criminals use the sites to taunt the police.