Feeds

'Most stupid criminal ever' blew cover on Facebook

Burglar posted gloating self-portrait from victim's own laptop

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

A man who stole a laptop, then used it to post a gloating self-portrait of himself on the victim's Facebook page is challenging for the title of the world's thickest criminal.

Last December, Rodney Knight Jr, 19, broke into the house of Washington Post journalist Marc Fisher and lifted "a bunch of stuff", including cash, a winter coat and a laptop computer belonging to the hack's 15-year-old son.

The pic of Rodney Knight Jr posted on FacebookFisher reported: "He felt compelled to showboat about his big achievement: He opened my son's computer, took a photo of himself sneering as he pointed to the cash lifted from my son's desk, and then went on my son's Facebook account and posted the picture for 400 teenagers to see. In the picture, the man is wearing my new winter coat, the one that was stolen right out of the Macy's box it had just arrived in."

While investigating the crime, DC police officer Kyle Roe admitted: "I've seen a lot, but this is the most stupid criminal I've ever seen."

Knight was eventually cuffed in a Washington alleyway in early January, while packing a piece. On Tuesday, he was dragged before DC Superior Court where he pleaded guilty to a burglary charge and another of carrying a pistol without a licence.

He's due to be sentenced on 4 May.

We're sure readers will agree that Knight's made a pretty good pitch for the history's dumbest crim crown, but he's got some strong competition from the 18-year-old Brit burglar who sprayed "Peter Addison was here!" at the scene of a break-in, the armed blagger who left a mobile containing pictures of himself and his wife at the estate agents he'd just relieved of £6k, or the tooled-up Colombian who ill-advisedly targeted a karate school. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER
Rotund types paid nearly 20% less than people who didn't eat all the pies
Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
... said an anon coward who we really wish hadn't posted on our website
Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS
'Will put smiles on faces worldwide', predicts corporate PR chief
Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city
Belgian booze pumped from underground
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first
#AmazonWishList A year's supply of Arran scotch, ta
Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team
Can you imagine the scene? 'Hey guys, it's your new owner – WTF is that on your desk?'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.