Two dim-witted criminals (Diminals) were jailed after they posted pictures of themselves on Facebook with stolen motorbikes, champagne and even a Lime Green Lamborghini.
The Daily Mirror and Manchester Evening news reported that Jonathan Dougan and Matthew Murphy were jailed for more than nine years after 8 months of causing grief and mayhem in and around Manchester.
Their crime spree and feeling of ‘being untouchable’ was brought to an end when investigating police studied their Facebook accounts and found a treasure trove of incriminating pictures.
Facebook Fools: Incriminating evidence. How many lime green Lambo’s are there in Manchester?
Both dumb diminals, sorry criminals have been jailed for nine years and four months each. Both pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal, the judge said they had ‘blighted the lives’ of householders in north Manchester, Bury, and Salford between November 2012 and June last year.
The police spent six months investigating the pair in an operation codenamed Operation Exmoor. They secured convictions by using mobile phone evidence and the famous Facebook pictures which linked them to 14 thefts and a robbery.
They were on licence from a previous robbery sentence and were barred from being with each other when they committed the offences.
The diminals: Strike a pose on stolen motorbikes
Victims of their crimes would come home to find patio doors opened and car keys and valuables taken.
In November they pulled off two raids that were minutes apart in Castlefield and Prestwich where they escaped with expensive vehicles including a Triumph Bonneville motorcycle and a Mercedes ‘A’ Class. The Triumph Bonneville later appeared on Murphy’s Facebook account.
In one raid they drove off with a Mercedes E820 worth £30,000, which also featured in pictures on Murphy’s Facebook account.
One victim was a couple from Broughton who were both being treated for cancer. They owned a Honda Accord which was stolen and found smashed into a tree after they were involved in a 70mph chase with the police.
Crime Doesn’t Pay: Dougan with £50 on his head
Last June the pair stole a KTM motorbike which became their last offence, the owner of the bike was tipped off that Dougan was responsible for stealing it and he looked for him on Facebook only to find a picture of him sitting on the bike.
Judge David Hernandez said to Dougan, 26 and Murphy 23 “You were glamorising your offending. You took great pleasure in committing those crimes.” He then sent them down.
So the saying ‘crime doesn’t pay is true’ … however if you would like your crime to pay, maybe you should think twice to posting pictures of all of your stolen goods on Facebook or you will be joining the club ‘Less Criminals More Diminals’
Source: The Mirror.
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