Feeds

Victim turns to Facebook in hunt for brazen burglar

Crimewatch: Web 2.0-style

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

A London resident who fell victim to a brazen burglar has enlisted social networking site Facebook in a bid to hunt for the cheeky crook.

Jackie McGeown said the man tricked his way into her apartment block before robbing electronic goods from three flats in the building. Builders were working in the back garden of the house, but the crook bluffed his way past them by making them a brew and even offering them snacks from his victims' properties.

"The builders described him as 'the nicest man you could meet'. He spent half an hour with them, made them all a cup of tea and even offered to make them a sandwich," McGeown told Sky News.

Do you know this man?

While the workers were taking a break, the unidentified burglar busied himself with breaking into one of the flats where he stole keys to the other properties. He robbed all the apartments stealing consumer electronics and goods - including laptops, jewellery, iPods, and even a flat-screen TV - which he loaded into two stolen suitcases.

The suspicions of the builders were alerted after the crafty crook said goodbye to them, claiming he was off on his holidays. One of the builders took a picture of him on his mobile phone, which was passed onto McGeown.

Using this picture, McGeown created a new group on Facebook called DO YOU RECOGNISE MY BURGLAR?. "I use Facebook quite a lot, and I thought it would be a modern way to catch a burglar," McGeown said.

Users with tips on the possible identity of the burglar can pass on leads via Facebook. McGeown said: "Maybe he's burgled you. Or maybe you've poked him on Facebook. If you know who he is, let me know!" ®

Bootnote

The burglary took place around midday on Tuesday, 31 July, right around the time Facebook had to temporarily suspend its service following a security breach. Coincidence? We think so.

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day
Goog the perfect ruse to slip into SEO orfice
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.