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7 Criminals Whose Social Media Posts Made It Too Easy For The Cops

Pro tip: If you're going to break the law, don't publish it on the World Wide Web for your mom and the police to see. Might this explain the country's falling crime rates?

Posted on March 25, 2015, at 4:59 p.m. ET

1. This happy camper, who hid from cops in a cabinet and then Snapchatted that he was hiding from the law in said cabinet, thereby alerting police to his precise location and bringing about his own downfall.

Somerset County Sheriff's Office

Meet Christoper Wallace. He's 24. He allegedly stole a propane stove from a campsite in Maine.

After the Somerset County Sheriff's office put out a news release saying he was wanted in connection to the theft, Wallace took to Snapchat to announce he was heading to his home in Fairfield. The cops went to the house and looked for Wallace, but they couldn't find him, the Associated Press reported.

And then Wallace decided it would be a good idea to snap that he was hiding from the cops in a cabinet.

"A search of the kitchen cabinets turned up some food, some pots and pans, and also a pair of feet," the Somerset sheriff said in a statement. "The pair of feet just so happened to be attached to a person, and that person was Christopher Wallace. He was removed from the cabinet, and placed under arrest. All of that, brings me to the moral of the story. Always remain humble, my friends."

2. This gentleman, who stole a car and then posted a pic of the keys with his location conveniently tagged, setting an example of how bragging about one's exploits can only cause deep sorrow.

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Last week, a $38,000 Infinity SUV went missing in the proud metropolis of League City, Texas, the AP reported.

The authorities were perplexed by the heist. And then Christopher Andrew Lee, 29, posted a picture of the SUV's keys to Facebook. He even tagged his location on the post, and was promptly arrested.

3. This dad, who uploaded a portrait of himself with his baby daughter and a gun, which, it turns out, was a fake, but still, that's scary.

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This is Domonic Gaines, 25, of Colerain Township, Ohio. He had an unpleasant encounter with the police in 2013 after he posted a photo of himself with his baby daughter and a handgun, WTOC reported.

The handgun turned out to be a BB gun. But still.

4. This tattooed stoner, who 'grammed about his weed-dealing prowess and made fun of Florida cops, who didn't take it very well.

Martin County Sheriff's Office

Meet Taylor Harrison, an archetypical Florida Man who got busted last year in port St. Lucie for selling pot after he posted selfies showing himself selling reefer right next to Martin County cops, the New York Daily News reported.

5. This guy, who posted pics of stolen jewels, drugs, and guns in a tacit invitation for the rookiest of rookie cops to connect the dots and ended up receiving more felony charges than there are years in a century.

New York Daily News

Depree Johnson — another Florida Man — was arrested in 2013 and slapped with 142 felony charges after he filled his Instagram with photos of stolen jewels, drugs, and guns, the New York Daily News reported.

That's 142 felony charges, kids. Think about that before you post a pic of a lil' blunt.

6. This man, who replied to his own "wanted" ad on Facebook and was subsequently brought down from the heights of hubris to the depths of despair in a stark reminder of the darkness of the human condition and the cruelty of fate.

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Ask your friendly neighborhood Greek dramatist about hubris and he'll tell you that arrogance has led to the downfall of many great man.

One of these tragic heroes is Andrew Dale Marcum, of Butler County, Ohio.

Marcum was wanted on several warrants. After the cops posted his information online, Marcum proceeded to reply to the post from his own Facebook account, telling authorities that he "ain't tripping."

Marcum was arrested soon afterward. His mugshot shows him weeping, probably because he suddenly became aware of the futility of life.

7. This sartorialist, who allegedly stole a dress and shortly thereafter decided to post a photo of herself wearing the merchandise.

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Say hi to Danielle Saxton, of West Frankfort, Illinois. She was arrested in 2014 after a shop owner reported that someone had stolen a leopard print dress. Cops were able to track her down after she posted a selfie in which she wore said dress and bragged about her new possession, KFVS reported.


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