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Dumbest crooks of the year? Smartphone muggers accidentally put selfies on victim’s account

Dumbest crooks of the year? Smartphone muggers accidentally put selfies on victim’s account
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Whether you can consider stealing smartphones a type of cybercrime is just a formality. It is clear that two muggers who stole some smartphones, among other things, likely were not bright enough to pull off any more sophisticated digital caper.

These foolish "old school" street crooks took several gun-toting selfies with one of their victim's phones. Unfortunately for them, the phone was set to immediately upload to her cloud account. Nice work, Darious Anderson (the name of one of the two suspects).

The crime was first reported by three women, one 20 and the others 19, who said they were approached on the street at 4 a.m. by two armed men who demanded their possessions. One man in dreadlocks, believed to be Anderson, allegedly told the young women, "This is real, give me everything you got!"

The women did as instructed, handing over their purses and phones. They ran away, unharmed, and quickly sought out police.

A really bad idea

Well, no one would argue that the first really bad idea was committing a crime in the first place. But, once they had, could they have been any more foolish than to take gun-toting, gang sign-flashing selfies on one of the victim's phones just hours after the crime?

I'll just go ahead and answer that for you. No, they could not have been any more foolish.

That is the lesson that Darious Anderson and his accomplice are well on their way to finding out - in the form of manhunts, warrants, and all the good stuff that goes along with armed robbery. So how incriminating are the photos? (The two suspects are wearing the blue shirts):

Armed selfies        Armed selfie 2

Mugger selfie    Armed selfie 3

Well, guys, two thumbs up for the effort I guess. And because I can't resist, I will just say, "This is real, you're gonna get caught!" And by the way, you're not making friends of police department sketch artists. With crooks like you, they'll all be out of jobs in no time.

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