True Crime Tuesday: Simple Solutions Edition
Today’s TCT is all about simple solutions to sticky criminal problems. For example, Jonathan G. Parker, 19, had a simple solution: Log out.
Unfortunately for him, as journal-news.net reports, he didn’t:
Jonathan G. Parker, 19, of Fort Loudoun, Pa., was arraigned Tuesday one count of felony daytime burglary.
According to court records, Deputy P.D. Ware of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department responded on Aug. 28 to the victim’s home after she reported the burglary.
She told police that someone had broken into her home through a bedroom window.
There were open cabinets in her garage, and other signs of a burglar.
At this point we’re all familiar with social media’s role in crime fighting, and I’ve provided something of a hint off the top – so how was he caught? Bragging on Facebook? Tweeting pictures from the scene?
Nope: Old fashioned stupidity.
The popular online social networking site Facebook helped lead to [Parker]’s arrest after he stopped check his account on the victim’s computer, but forgot to log out before leaving the home with two diamond rings.
As the Huff Po tells it, Brenda and Sheila’s solution was a little less obvious.
54-year-old Brenda Byrd, and 48-year-old Sheila Joiner were booked with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle.
Surely this is all just a misunderstanding revolving around a loving grandmother teaching her grandson to drive, right? Not quite:
A Kenner police news release says the boy’s grandmother and another woman in the vehicle were arrested early Wednesday when the car was pulled over on a city street. Police say they told officers that they had the [10-year-old] boy drive because they were intoxicated.
If that was their problem, what possibly could have been their solution? It’s not perfect, but they could have considered letting the other kid drive:
The young driver and a 15-year-old passenger were later released to family members.