Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty
Don't flash your wares online, advises Sao Paulo cop
São Paulo police are warning of the perils of flashing your wealth on Facebook after a teenager's snaps of his electronic equipment and foreign holidays on the social network prompted thieves to rob his family's apartment.
The unnamed 16-year-old was targeted by a student at his school when he "boasted among friends and put the information on Facebook", according to cop Fabiana do Sena.
The "envious" youngster, also 16, enlisted the help of two adults for the robbery, and provided them with keys he'd stolen from his intended victim a few days previously.
The two men entered the apartment in a middle class area of São Paulo at around 11pm on 29 November, where they held up four people, apparently at gunpoint.
During the heist, one of the perps got a call on his mobile phone and said: "There's not as much here as you said."
The pair eventually made off with jewellery, six watches, electronic equipment and R$370 (£130) in cash.
During their escape, they were intercepted by members of Sao Paulo's paramilitary police, and shot during a gun battle. They later died in hospital.
The teenager who instigated the robbery claimed he'd been pressured into it, Sena said.
The officer concluded: "Adolescents put personal information on these websites. It's important that parents advise them not do do this." ®
Muito obrigado to Eloi Assis for the tip-off.
"During their escape, they were intercepted by members of São Paulo's paramilitary police, and shot during a gun battle. They later died in hospital."
Tough on Crime, Tough of the causes of Crime, "São Paulo" showing the UK how it should be done!
Where have I heard that before?
"It's very stressful living in London. There was a rapper in London, one of these rappers that they have now. You've seen them, er... On adverts and things, and, um, his name was Ironik, I R O N I K was how he'd spelt it. And last November, Ironik, he went on the tweets. He was a tweeter and, er, one Saturday last November, he twatted, which is the, er, The past tense of tweet. One Saturday last November, Ironik twatted that he'd bought a new diamond necklace, and he twatted that he was on his way to Southend to do a gig, and then he twatted that he was on his way back to London, and then he got mugged outside his house. And now Ironik understands the meaning if not the spelling of his name."
Stewart Lee, 2010
Are you really advocating running gun battles on the streets of Britain?