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Shoplifter Caught When She Posts Stolen Dress Selfie on Facebook

A 27-year-old Illinois woman who stole several items from a clothing store was busted after she posted pictures of herself in a shoplifted dress on Facebook.

Danielle Sexton reportedly swiped a multicolored leopard print dress with a black waistband from Morties, a store in her native West Frankfort. After the owner’s son, Kert Williams, posted a note about the theft and a description of the woman on his Facebook page, people quickly began pointing him toward Sexton’s selfie, which she had just set as her new profile pic. Williams passed the information along to the police, who arrested her.

“I was pulling up to the front door and I saw a girl running out of the store with stuff in her hand,” Williams, who manages the store, tells Yahoo Shine. He was immediately concerned and watched the store’s security camera footage and checked with other nearby shops to see if anybody had spotted her. “She’d also taken from a consignment store down the street from us.”

Williams credits the close-knit community in West Frankfort for catching Sexton so quickly. People sent him screenshots of Sexton’s Facebook page, while others reported that they’d seen her walking around town in the distinctive dress they recognized from Morties. Even some of the police who helped nab the thief were pals of Williams’ on social media. “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,” police chief Shawn Talluto told local news channel WSIL.

“It’s almost too good to be true,” Williams says about how Sexton was nabbed. He reports that Sexton also made off with a shirt, some jewelry, and a pair of sunglasses. Instead of laying low after her shoplifting spree, Sexton put the dress on immediately, posted pics online, and went out. “She came in here at 3, she was arrested by 6, she was in jail by 9,” Williams adds. Police also discovered that Sexton had an outstanding warrant for an arrest in another county.

For Williams, the whole situation is an example of how public embarrassment can help deter crime. “Everybody laughed about it a little bit because she got herself caught. She put herself out there.” And now, her face has been splashed all over the world as a warning to future criminals who just can’t curb their selfie addiction.

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5 comments

  1. Facebook or instagram? Which one?

  2. Oh wow! This is really hilarious! See how easily fingers played herself! Just like that! Well at least she’s helped the government save up on tax payers’ monies that oughta have been used to hunt and fish her outta her hiding place! Strange world! LMAO!

  3. Nice catch guys…well done.

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