Instagram of fast food order leads to arrest

One Fat Frog loves funny crook news, especially if it involves the food service industry that we serve. We say “funny” crook news because we don’t like to use judgmental words like “dumb.” In this case, it was a crime involving a stolen credit card, purloined burgers, and Instagram.

In Rocklin, California, four suspected burglars were arrested after posting photographic evidence of their alleged crime online. The suspects – three adults and one minor – broke into four parked cars Friday night and made off with whatever booty was left in sight, including wallets, GPS units, and cell phones. The burglars then got hungry and drove to a Carl’s Junior restaurant for some food, paid for with a stolen credit card, of course.

While waiting at the drive-thru, the thieves engaged in a lot of suspicious behavior that raised red flags with the fast food employees. The large order itself – almost $120 worth of fast food — was suspicious and then because the order was taking so long, they offered to pay for the food of the people behind them in the drive-thru line. That’s something that either means you’re extremely generous or you are paying with someone else’s money. In this case, it was the latter.

The four alleged crooks then put all of the food on the trunk of the car and took a photo posing with the booty. They asked the Carl’s Junior employees to pose with them – again, slightly odd – but the employees said no. Since the group was acting so weird, though, the employees did write down the license plate number.

Shortly thereafter, the crooks posted a photo to Instagram showing them posing with the food and receipt, which showed that it was purchased with the stolen credit card. The owner of the credit card then reported the card as stolen, which of course led to reviewing the purchase history of that card. That led police to Carl’s Junior, where employees who were interviewed told them about the four unusual customers that night and gave them the license plate number. After that, it was only a matter of time before the suspects and the incriminating Instagram photo were in police custody.

Police Sergeant Scott Horrillo said that the thieves “didn’t exercise the best judgment in committing a crime and posting it on Instagram.” The great thing, though, is that social media seems to be making criminals easier to catch. The Frog has heard several other stories in the past about people arrested after posting evidence of a crime on Facebook or Twitter. You gotta love social media.

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