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Burglars Who Stole Couple's Belongings Busted After Making Simple Mistake

Two men are behind bars for robbery after making a crucial mistake. The men tried to sell some things on the social media app, Facebook Marketplace. The items they advertised were things that they stole from a home they robbed. The rightful owners of the items found their things for sale and called police.

Homeowners known only by their first names, 'Kris' and 'Ran', were victims of a home invasion last Saturday in Memphis, Tennessee. The pair went shopping with their young children, and when they came home they found their door ajar. They found the house had been ransacked and a number of their possessions had been stolen, including a flat-screen TV, laptops and an Xbox video game console.

Kris and Ran called police and filed a report about the burglary, but they thought that they could kiss their belongings goodbye. They never thought they'd see any of their stuff again.

Surprisingly, it wasn't long before they got another glimpse. Ran logged into his Facebook account and started scrolling through Marketplace, an app that allows users to buy and sell items locally. He browsed for things for sale in his vicinity hoping to find a good bargain and replace some of what the family had lost.

Ran saw a television for sale, and recognized it as his television.

"The picture was the TV," Ran said to WREG. "It had my Xbox hooked up to it and when you sign into Xbox, you have to use your username; my username was still on the screen."

Kris reached out to the seller of the stolen goods to try and get a name, address or phone number. The seller said he was willing to sell the television set to her, offering the family their own TV for twice as much as they had paid for it.

Kris agreed to purchase the TV, then called the local police. Law enforcement officials set up a sting operation where Kris agreed to meet the suspects at the local Walmart gas station in Memphis.

Police were waiting when the suspects showed up and let Kris know where they were parked. Police quickly swooped in and took the suspects into custody.

The suspected burglars were identified as 25-year-old Joe Snipes and 21-year-old Brandon Frye. They were charged with aggravated burglary and theft.

There are some thieves that aren't too bright. They think the internet is a great way to advertise their stolen goods, but all they're advertising is that they took something that doesn't belong to them. Facebook Marketplace, E-Bay and Craigslist are all places where thieves go to quickly unload their goods. One woman found her son’s stolen bike on Facebook and confronted the 13-year old thief. In Florida, a woman spotted her stolen dog for sale on Craigslist.

Police say if you find your stolen property on sale online, call law enforcement right away. Don’t try to confront criminals yourself or buy back your items, as it could be dangerous.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: WREG Screenshot

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