Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 15, 2011 -- A pair of thieves has been caught by police after posting pictures of themselves on a social networking site posing with stolen cars.
Damon Keegan, 20, and Aaron Wilhelm, 18, were arrested last Christmas after being linked to a break-in but whilst on bail they continued their crime spree and planned a series of raids to pursue luxury vehicles across the Greater Manchester area. However the scheme was scuppered when the crooks uploaded photographic evidence of their crimes on Facebook along with messages that linked them to the thefts.
Police had been alerted to the social networking site after a victim of the raid tipped them off. The thief had changed his profile picture to a photo of himself posing in front of the stolen car. And after an investigation by local authorities, further images were found from mobile phones of the pair linked with more cars taken in raids.
The total retail value of the number of cars that were embezzled amounted to a staggering £200,000 and included top-of-the range brands Mercedes, Audi, Renault Clio and Volkswagen Scirocco. Detective Constable Paul Jackson of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said: "They believed they could get away with their crimes and were arrogant enough to post pictures of themselves posing with the vehicles on Facebook. However, it was only a matter of time before they were caught and faced justice."
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