Facebook Boasts Lead to Arrests

Authorities link bank heist, ‘IM RICH’ post to alleged robber

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Apr 22, 2011  |  Updated 3:25 PM CDT
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Facebook Boasts Lead to Arrests

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by Bruce Felps

Apparently a couple of alleged Houston bank robbers were pretty proud of themselves after reportedly escaping with $62,000.

An Associated Press article today reported that law enforcement officials connected the dots between the bank heist — for which two bank employees also were implicated for helping from the inside — and one alleged robber posting “IM RICH” to his Facebook page, while the other used the social network to brag “WIPE MY TEETH WITH HUNDREDS," which I’d imagine was a declaration rather than a request.

Police arrested all four, and two words come to mind here: “dumb” and “ass.”

Boasting on a public website, even thinly veiled, is not a good idea. People read that stuff. That’s why you put it there, right?

And the thinking $15,500 — assuming an even four-way split of $62,000 — makes one rich demonstrates a lack of fiscal foresight, even relative to one’s previous net worth. A big night out, making it rain here and there, a few tanks of gas, and broke again.

Then again, one good month-long blowout because of the cash might have been sufficient.

Their room and board should be covered for the next 10-20 years or so.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. See there? He’s not so sure this Facebook thing is such a good idea.

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