More and more often these days, people are attempting to maintain their privacy on social networking sites. Some people are even taking to cutting the tether all together and leaving sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
However, on the other hand, there are plenty of people who share TOO MUCH information on these channels and if you’re anything like 18-year-old Coloradan Viet Trinh it could land you in a mess of trouble.
Viet Trinh, who was under the guise of “Kyle Zimmerman” on Facebook took to the site and posted photos of himself and several newly acquired firearms, including making one of these photos of himself with a gun his profile picture. The only problem with this, is that these firearms had been reported as stolen from Shooter Ready Gun Store in Denver back in November of 2016.
Following these photographs, on August 18th, Viet Trinh was arrested for connections to the robbery. Once in the hands of the police, Trinh admitted to not only being involved in the robbery but fessing up to the fact that he had stolen a car and was the getaway driver for the entire ordeal.
Trinh also admitted to being involved in the theft of 4 rifles from Wheat Ridge’s Parker Arms Gun Store.
Police also discovered, when searching through Trinh’s private Facebook information that he had planned to sell some of these firearms to interested buyers and that there were even discussions of shooting police officers in these threads.
If found guilty of these actions, Trinh may face 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
What do you think of this story? Do you think it’s about time for Viet Trinh to lawyer up? While I would love to hear your thoughts about sharing too much information on social media it is clear that this is one situation where the combination of social media and one criminal’s stupidity worked out in society’s favor.