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Fugitive is found on Facebook

Social network needs an Omerta setting
Mon Feb 13 2012, 09:31

AN ON-THE-RUN Sicilian has had his run cut short because he posted clues to his whereabouts on Facebook.

Michele Grasso, a drug dealer according to the Italian courts, rather foolishly decided to try to hide from the law while staying in plain sight to his friends and family.

As reported by the Guardian, he stayed pretty active on Facebook and regularly posted photos of himself next to well-known landmarks and in obvious locations.

Despite declaring his location as Alcatraz, it cannot have taken long for investigators with a Facebook account to work out that Grasso was in London.

The Guardian reports that he created a photo folder called "Christmas in London" in 2010, and published images of himself at the Ministry of Sound nightclub, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Oxford Circus.

One photo had the title "My 24th birthday (in London)", another clue, while more recently he posted a picture of himself working in a restaurant in Woodford Green. Helpfully he included external photos of the place, as well as its name.

Arrested and deported last weekend in London, he is facing five years in prison. µ


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