Twitter catches phone thief thanks to school boy

A 10 year old school boy has aided in the arrest of a phone thief as he witnessed the robbery and managed to snap a picture of the criminal on this dad’s phone. Alex Wilson posted the picture on micro-blogging site Twitter which then helped the police to get a positive ID on the suspect and then arrest him.

The suspect who turned out to be a 24 year old unemployed man called Craig Royal, pleaded guilty to the theft and was slapped with a 12 month conditional discharge, and also ordered to pay a £50 fine and £85 in costs. Alex and his dad were stuck in slow traffic when they spotted Royal stealing an iPhone from an unsuspecting victim, before making his getaway on a bike.

According to Search Engine Optimism, Alex quickly took a picture and within half an hour posted it with a message that read: “This idiot just robbed someone on Yarm Road about 20 minutes ago.” The young lad has been praised by authorities for his quick thinking which led to the capture and prosecution of the thief.

Although Alex deserves the plaudits, this is not the first time that social networking sites have been used to catch criminals. A little while back, police used Facebook to catch a gang of robbers and it has since been announced that officers will receive training on these sites to help catch offenders in the same way. Leave us your thoughts on this story in the comments.