Metro- A suspected burglar was caught after he allegedly signed into his Twitter account during the raid.
Thomas Matthew Collodel, 33, from Virginia, was arrested on Saturday after police said they discovered he had logged into Twitter on a concierge desk computer at the Bentley luxury apartment block in Washington DC.
A drawer on the conciege desk is said to have been broken into first and CCTV showed a man using the computer.
Police looked at the computer during their investigations and discovered Collodel had logged into the social media site.
In a second burglary, police say two beer kegs were placed one on top of the other so the burglar could climb over a brick wall and get to a patio. A chair was used to access the bar, where an iPod was taken, police said.
And in a third burglary at a garage block – a black jacket was left similar to one seen on the suspected burglar at the Iron Gate restaurant burglary. Nothing was stolen that night but police say several parked car doors were tried.
No details were available for the fourth and fifth burglaries.
You know what, it would be far too easy to criticize this guy. You know the rhetoric, "everyone is addicted to social media, blah, blah, blah". That very well may be true, and nothing is a surer sign of it then a guy that can't rob multiple apartments without checking the up-to-second happenings on Twitter. However, the thing that we are forgetting is that robbery is a lucrative career. Maybe not the most honorable of professions, but who am I to judge how someone chooses to pay the bills? If it makes money then it's a business, and the one constant about a successful business these days is that it has a strong online presence.
Why else would this guy go on Twitter during a robbery? To check the latest athlete to get tagged with a crying Jordan face? Hell no. Don't they say there is a website for everything? He was probably just live blogging his burglaries. Are we saying it's out of the question that this guy was creating a 'How To Rob' hashtag for other people looking to learn the proper way to loot the possessions of others? His desperate need to stay connected is pretty much the only reason he would waste time on the concierge computer. I am not going to fail to acknowledge the Super Bowl, and Thomas Collodel isn't going to fail to provide live updates on the status of his break-ins. We have obligations to our readers. Can't disrespect your followers by failing to keep them informed. I bet those 'likes' and 'retweets' pay his rent. Why can't they pay his bail too? This is no amateur we are talking about. He's breaking into LUXURY apartments that have lobbies and desk clerks. This man is at the top of his craft. He's just making sure his skill turns a profit, and I refuse to knock that hustle.
P.S. Always charge your phone before committing a a multitude of robberies. Major key.