These days, many police departments use Facebook and other social media platforms to catch criminals. While law enforcement snooping on Facebook can present an ethical dilemma, this practice can also provide moments of unexpected humor – like when a man was arrested this week while he had his own “wanted” poster displayed as his profile picture.
The alleged fugitive, Mack Yearwood, was wanted for two counts of battery. The cops thought it would be a good idea to look for him on Facebook, and discovered his profile. However, they also saw that his profile picture was an image of his own wanted poster from a different Florida county.
“Facebook is a great way to communicate and connect with old friends and family,” the police department wrote on Facebook. “If you are wanted by the police, it’s probably not a good idea to use the ‘Wanted of the Week’ poster of yourself as your profile pic. Mack Yearwood must have thought differently.”
In an additional humorous twist, while Yearwood was being arrested, he asked to put on pants. Police discovered marijuana in the pants he put on, and Yearwood was hit with a possession charge, too.
Thankfully, many criminals seem to have a hard time understanding that police can find them easily on Facebook – especially when they pull dumb stunts like this.
Image Credit: Facebook – Stuart Police Department