A trio in Florida were recently busted trying to add an e-commerce twist to home burglary.
Carlos Rivera and Leandre and Jordan Green allegedly broke into a house around Palatka, took some poorly lit pictures of it’s contents and posted them on Facebook.
They advertised the items as being for sale and waited for people to make offers. Once deals were struck, the plan was to sneak back into the home and take what they needed. Sounds like everyone was getting a “friend’s” price.
The idea seems ingenious. Grab the stuff that actually sold and leave behind the worthless junk. No more hauling around a heavy washing machine if no one wants it. The only problem with the scheme is they had to break into the house a second time to actually take the stuff. As you know, returning to the scene of the crime is generally frowned upon in criminal circles.
And alas, when the three suspects returned to the house to get a fridge that had sold for $70 (groceries included??), a neighbor noticed them and called the police. According to the Miami New Times, all three were caught and arrested.
And so another ambitious Internet start-up ends in failure like so many others before it. The only difference with these guys is they’re going to jail instead of becoming social media consultants.