Alex Massie

The Facebook Avengers

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Or how social networking can, at least in this instance, solve crime more quickly than the police.

So, drunk guy steals woman's bag and wallet froma Philadelphia bar (the bag has a chihuahua in it too); woman gets his name from the barman, uses Facebook and Google to a) identify him and b) find his address. Charms her way past apartment building security, confronts idiot thief, rescues dog and departs triumphant, saving the police time and money and effort. No charges are pressed and for once everything ends well.All thanks to the wonders of Facebook.

It's quite a caper and worth reading in full.

Bonus, as KMW says, the perp asked if he could be Facebook friends with the victim the next day.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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