Instagram Selfies Lead To Criminal Charges
Flaunting some illegally obtained bling through selfies on Instagram is going to significantly cost a Florida man. The man posted incriminating evidence of himself holding suspected stolen goods and illegal firearms, according to police.
The pictures featuring the man posing with guns were what originally grabbed the attention of law enforcement agencies. The man, having been convicted of felony crimes in the past, is not allowed to possess guns.
If a felon is found to be in possession of a firearm, they can be found guilty of a class C felony. The felony has a maximum sentence of 10 years of prison time.
After obtaining a search warrant for the man's home, authorities found the guns shown in the Instagram photos. They would go on to find in excess of $250,000 of stolen goods, including jewels, electronics, and other weapons. The man is believed to be the leader of a gang that has been robbing from local elderly citizens in retirement homes over much of the past year.
The actions of the man responsible have resulted in a wave of criticism over the foolishness of publishing incriminating evidence on social network. "It is a good thing that criminals are mostly stupid," says one Huffington Post commenter. "This is why you don't post pictures of evidence..." says another.
Other commenters question whether or not the police had substantial evidence based on the pictures to justify a search warrant. "What about the instragram led to a search warrant besides being a black guy with guns that may or not have been owned by him," asks a man.
The man's Instagram profile Duce22ceritfied was suspended following the police investigation. As a result, the pictures of the man posing with the stolen items, weapons, and drugs are no longer accessible to the public. The pictures were likely not deleted by Instagram as they account for a substantial amount of evidence in the case.
The man will now have to deal with 142 felony charges as a result of the discovery made by police. In the mean time, he is being held on a $60,000 bail in a local jail.
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