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Facebook No Friend of Bank Robbery Suspects

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Facebook No Friend of Bank Robbery Suspects

To the ever-growing list of individuals tripped up by their blogs (Belly Dancing Blogs Doom Ex-Wife’s Bid for Maintenance), tweets (U.S. Secret Service Becomes Latest Victim of a ‘Wrong Pipe’ Tweet) and other electronic communications, we can now add bank robbery suspects, in not one, but two, cases. In the first such instance, two bank tellers and their acquaintances were indicted this month in connection with a Texas bank robbery that netted about $62,000. Susan Carroll, writing in the Houston Chronicle, reports that “The heist had all the hallmarks of a classic bank robbery – masked suspects who appeared to be armed and terrorized bank tellers. But investigators determined that the robbery was an inside job in part because of an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip” that led them to two suspects’ Facebook pages. Two days prior to the bank robbery, according to authorities, one of the tellers posted a Facebook status update that read: “Get $$$.” And two days after the crime, she posted, “IM RICH” — followed, as the Houston Chronicle puts it, “by a rhyming expletive.” Meanwhile, the teller’s boyfriend, who is apparently prone to similar celebratory online outbursts, allegedly posted the day after the robbery: “WIPE MY…

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