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Don't take selfies in clothes you stole

Don't take selfies in clothes you stole
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If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: What you say and do online can really come back to bite you.

In this case, a woman in Illinois was arrested on misdemeanor retail theft charges after she posted a selfie of herself on Facebook, wearing a very distinctive rainbow colored animal print dress she had stolen, along with jewelry.

It gets better. The selfie was posted within hours of her stealing the merchandise.

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Photo courtesy of WSILTV

The store owner also turned to Facebook, hoping someone would help recover the merchandise. He posted a photo of the missing dress on the store's Facebook page and its fans quickly led him to the culprit.

Police Chief Shawn Talluto told WSIL-TV:

"We just had a description and a direction of travel, but when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was. And by looking at the background of the photograph we were able to pinpoint where she was at."

Police moved quickly and arrested the woman and returned the clothes to the shop.

The woman isn't the only dumb criminal who has sealed her fate using Facebook.

Click here, here and here to see some examples of the way Facebook helps catch dumb criminals.

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Source: WSILTV
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