Break-in suspect asked teen victim for $10 or sex over Kik

Jerry Lee Thomas
Jerry Lee Thomas

18-year-old Jerry Lee Thomas of Winter Haven, Florida, is a suspect in an alleged home break-in. Being an obvious criminal mastermind Thomas allegedly contacted a 15-year-old girl who lived in the house he’s accused of robbing. Police say that Thomas messaged the girl through Kik and offered the girl information on the burglary in exchange for $10 or sex. How can a woman of any age turn down such a flattering offer? That was sarcasm by the way.

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Anyway, the girl turned Thomas down and her mother contacted police who posed as the girl on her Kik account. All they had to do was wait for Thomas to show up in order to arrest him. Thomas’ ‘not me’ defense is something straight out of ‘To Catch a Predator’. He reportedly claimed that he didn’t even have the Kik app on his phone but a friend must have used his phone to message the girl. So why was Thomas the one to show up at the girl’s house? He supposedly claimed he was there to ‘help’ her. We also would have accepted that they were just going to ‘hang out’.

So not only is Kik lousy with sex offenders and pedophiles, but it seems they have their share of idiot burglars too.

What the Facebook underwear thief can teach you

Arturo Galvan
Arturo Galvan

44-year-old Arturo Galvan, of Menifee, California, is accused of allegedly going on a year-long burglary spree where he would steal the underwear of both men and women from their homes among other valuable items. Arturo is said to have used social media in order to know when and where to strike and painstakingly so.

From the LA Times

Investigators say Galvan identified his victims by hanging out in public gathering places in Fullerton and Orange and searching for social media posts where people “checked in” or otherwise provided clues to their location, according to Fullerton Police Sgt. Kathryn Hamel.

Galvan then allegedly searched through his victim’s posted photos, combed through GPS data attached to the digital images and mapped them to find out where they lived, Hamel said.

In this era of social media saturation we’ve let our guard down when it comes to our personal information. It doesn’t take much for criminals to determine when the best time is to take advantage of you. If you’re checking in someplace on social media do it after you leave. The same should go for posting pictures. If you’re posting pictures of your vacation while on vacation you may come home to an empty house.

Back in the early days of the internet it was all about trying to keep your personal information private but in the day of Facebook we’ve disregarded safety for ‘likes’.