ILLINOIS — An Illinois woman’s Facebook selfie has landed her in jail.
Police say 27-year-old Danielle Saxton stole a dress from a downtown boutique last week, then posted pictures of herself wearing the merchandise.
Investigators say the photos were posted just a few hours after the theft. The images quickly spread on Facebook, and led officers straight to her.
The theft happened at Mortie’s Boutique in West Frankfort, where multiple items disappeared last Friday.
The store’s co-owner, Kert Williams, said the woman stole a very distinct leopard dress, which she is pictured wearing on Facebook.
Williams was heading back to work last week when he saw a woman walking away from the store with those clothes.
“Her excuse was there was nobody in here. We were in the back working, and that she could just take it. You know, not really much of an excuse there,” Williams said.
Williams checked store security cameras and posted about the theft on Facebook. Thanks to the pictures on Saxton’s account, other users figured it out.
“We just had a description and a direction of travel, but when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was. And by looking at the background of the photograph we were able to pinpoint where she was at,” said Police Chief Shawn Talluto.
Talluto says Saxton still had the clothes in her hand when officers arrived. They arrested her and later found she was wanted on another warrant in Jackson County.
Mortie’s installed cameras just six months ago and owners say the purchase has already paid off.
“With having the cameras now we’ve been able to catch the people,” said Williams, “We’ve had an instance before where we caught the people, you know, posting on Facebook. It’s a way of shame.”