WEST FRANKLIN, Ill. - An Illinois woman's Facebook pictures landed her in jail.
Police said 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, of West Frankfort, shoplifted from a downtown boutique last week. Then, she posted pictures of herself wearing the stolen merchandise, police said. The images quickly spread on Facebook, and led officers straight to her.
"What she stole was a very distinct leopard dress," store co-owner Kert Williams told ABC affiliate WSIL TV. “(She stole) a dress, a couple shirts, some jewelry, couple items like that,” Williams said.
Williams reviewed video from store security cameras and posted about the theft on Facebook. Thanks to the pictures on Saxton's Facebook account, other users immediately put two and two together.
"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 said 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. Talluto’s not surprised by the help from social media.
“When you put something out there, it's a matter of minutes before it can go viral, and it can go to the world,” Talluto explained.
Saxton has since removed the photos from her Facebook page.