Dumb criminal posts his own ‘wanted’ photo on his Facebook page
By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jan 21, 2014
A Pennsylvania man wanted by police accidentally led authorities right to him by sharing the “wanted” photo local police had posted of him on their Facebook page.
In an episode likely to be included a future episode of TruTv’s “World’s Dumbest,” Anthony James Lescowitch re-posted a police profile of him which noted that “Lescowitch, 35, was wanted for aggravated assault and numerous other charges,” reports the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The post asked that anyone knowing Lescowitch’s whereabouts to call police.
The police post went up at 9:19 p.m. Just 45 minutes later, Lescowitch was in custody, which the police department soon announced with a second post that added this note to the photo: “CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER.”
“Police said they noticed that Lescowitch shared their post about him on his Facebook page minutes after they posted it on theirs, and that he taunted police in his post as well,” the Times Leader reports. “So, undercover officers used a Facebook profile of a fictitious attractive woman to engage in online conversation with Lescowitch through Facebook, pretending to be interested in meeting him.
“Lescowitch initially declined an offer to meet for a drink, but when an officer asked him where he was and said, ‘The least you can do is come out and have a cigarette with me,’ Lescowitch agreed, police said. Sure enough, when undercover officers pulled up in a car at the location he specified, Lescowitch came out and was promptly arrested.”
Freeland police had been looking for the man since last fall.