Danielle Sexton (Age 27) reportedly swiped a multicolored leopard print dress with a black waistband from Morties, a store in her native West Frankfort, Illinois. 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.
Williams credits the close-knit community in West Frankfort for catchng Sexton so quickly. 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.
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.