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Mon Feb 02 03:47:08 SAST 2015

Burglar posts his picture on victim's Facebook page

Sapa | 11 January, 2013 10:52
The sun rises behind the entrance sign to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park. File picture
Image by: BECK DIEFENBACH / REUTERS

A Durban burglar posted a picture of himself on the Facebook page of a woman he stole a tablet device from.

James McCall told The Star that after a burglary at their guesthouse in Hillcrest on Sunday, he was surprised when he found activity on his wife's profile when he logged in on Monday.

"I wanted to log on to change our passwords. I was surprised to see activity on Barbara's profile and a picture of the man," McCall said.

"At first I thought one of our relatives had posted it."

He said he suspected that the man had mistakenly uploaded the picture because he had also uploaded other pictures on the McCall family's tablet.

"He probably did not realise he was doing it. Usually you never log off from a tablet, so it could have happened quite quickly," he added.

The guesthouse has had a number of recent burglaries. McCall told The Star they handed the picture over to authorities, hoping to catch the culprit or culprits.

The newspaper reported that guests were having a braai on Sunday and some of the doors were left open. Digital cameras, computer monitors, flat-screen televisions and computer screens were among the goods taken.

Police spokesman in the province Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that a case of house-breaking had been opened. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.

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