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Man Buys $58k SUV With Stolen ID Then Poses For Instagram Pic

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Man Buys $58k SUV With Stolen ID Then Poses For Instagram Pic

A man who bought a $58,000 SUV using a stolen identity was identified after later posing for an Instagram photo with his new car.

The shameless thief bought a Ford Explorer, before having the photo taken at the dealership, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Police were following up on an ID theft case, which took place last summer.

The Kansas City Police Department posted in the Stolen KC group on Facebook - which is used to track thefts in the community - to appeal to the public for any leads.

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Credit: Facebook/KCPD
Credit: Facebook/KCPD

But thanks to the suspect posing for a photo with his new prized possession, it was made much easier to track him down than anyone had first thought.

The police department posted: "We're following up on an ID theft case. This suspect used a stolen identity to purchase a $58,000 Explorer from Thoroughbred Ford on July 23, 2020. Thankfully, he took a picture with his new purchase."

The Facebook post was followed by another on Twitter, and it soon became even easier than cops had expected to find the thief, with him being tracked him down within an hour.

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And it turns out they are even better at their job than they had realised.

An update on the original post read: "Thank you so much, we have already identified the suspect! Turns out he is in custody already on the Kansas side on different charges."

The Twitter post added: "We'll submit this case for prosecution over here."

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The suspect hasn't been named.

It's not the first time a thief has dropped themselves in it on social media.

A man who allegedly nicked an iPhone is now being sought by police after he shared a selfie to his victim's Instagram account.

Police asked for information about a man who was suspected of stealing an iPhone. Credit: Kearny Police
Police asked for information about a man who was suspected of stealing an iPhone. Credit: Kearny Police
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Sharing his photo on Facebook in 2019, authorities wrote: "Please Like and Share! The Kearny Police Detective Bureau is turning to our Facebook community for assistance in identifying a person of interest in the attached photograph.

"On May 16th a victim reported to the Kearny Police Department that his iPhone had been stolen. Shortly after the theft, a suspect posted the attached photograph of himself on the victim's Instagram story using the stolen device.

"Anyone who can identify the person of interest in this photograph is asked to contact the Kearny Police Detective bureau by e-mailing us at [email protected] or by calling 201-998-1313 (2833). All tips will remain confidential."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/KCPD

Topics: US News, Weird

Amelia Ward
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