EAST SUSSEX, England — Victoria Richardson was just one of the thousands of unfortunate people to have their home burglarized this year. Richardson, age 42, awoke in the morning to find that someone had broken into her house and had stolen a few things, such as her iPhone, a Toshiba laptop computer, a Nintendo DS game player, and her purse which contained her wallet, some cash and some credit cards. That’s all frightening enough, to have someone roaming around inside of your house while you are sound asleep, but Ms. Richardson’s story doesn’t end there and neither does the contact with her burglar.
It seems, while drooling over the stolen loot, the thief booted up Ms. Richardson’s laptop, most likely out of curiosity at what might be found on it, and found access to her personal Facebook account. Then, the thief took it to the cold-hearted extreme and used that information to log into Ms. Richardson’s Facebook account and began leaving her taunting messages. The first message came simply as, “on my new laptop.” That message might simply have been dismissed as spam but it was followed by, “Listening to music on my new phone feels so good.” Then, just in case his message wasn’t clear, and as if to rub in the brazen robbery even further, the thief leaves the following message, of which there can be no doubt what is implied:
“I have the laptop, phones ok but a bit scratched itll do, tv was rubbish so I left it, ds was a bonus, now to the porn shop, thankyou toshiba is my favourite make.”
Of course, the fact that the thief meant “pawn shop” instead of the almost illiterate “porn shop” will only serve to help law enforcement track down the hormonal, pimple plagued, teen of a robber — most likely a nearby neighbor. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the thief lived right next door to Ms. Richardson and was acting in concert with a friend.
The thief’s final message to Ms. Richardson came as, “regards your night time burglar.”
The night time robbery was reported to the Sussex Police who, through a police spokesperson, said:
“Being burgled is traumatic enough for any family but for the culprit to apparently use their stolen possessions to publicly gloat over the crime is a sinister twist. As with all burglaries we are taking the matter seriously and a thorough investigation is under way to bring this offender to justice.”
When interviewed about the robbery, Ms. Richardson said that she felt very spooked by the whole ordeal.
“I have never felt like that before. It felt like they were rubbing my nose in it. They have been in your physical space, and then they are in your online space. My friends could all see what they were writing so it was really degrading. It is bad enough being robbed in the first place but this invasion of my privacy has made it doubly painful.”
One only has to think back to last year’s trial of the Myspace Cyber Bullying Case where a Missouri mother helped her daughter tease and torment another young girl who then committed suicide. Law enforcement officials, with the help of Myspace, were easily able to identify the duo by their computer and IP address. Oops!
Query: I wonder if our young thief bothered to mask his IP address before logging onto to Facebook to torment Ms. Richardson? I bet not. Gotcha!