Hove burglar leaves Facebook taunts for his victim - using their laptop

The Argus: TAUNTS: The messages left on Victoria Richardson's Facebook profile TAUNTS: The messages left on Victoria Richardson's Facebook profile

A burglar taunted his victims by logging onto their Facebook page and gloating over the crime.

The crook said he planned to pawn their belongings and signed off with “regards, your nighttime burglar”.

Victoria Richardson, 42, whose web page was hijacked the day after the break-in, said the invasion of privacy made the crime doubly painful.

The home she shares with her husband Dan, 35, and their children in Marine Avenue, Hove, was raided between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

An iPhone, a Nintendo DS games console, a handbag containing a purse, cash and debit cards and a black Toshiba laptop were all stolen.

The next day someone logged on to the social networking website Facebook under Mrs Richardson’s profile and started leaving illiterate taunts - claiming they had left the television behind because it was not good enough for them.

One read: “on my new laptop”. The next said: “listening to music on my new phone feels so good.”

They then wrote: “i have the laptop , phones ok but a bit scratched itll do tv was rubbish so i left it ,ds was a bonuss now to the porn shop i gooo , thankyou toshiba is my favourate make”.

The final note read: “regards your nighttime burglar”.

Mrs Richardson, 42, said: “I felt very spooked. I have never felt like that before.

“It felt like they were rubbing my nose in it.

“They have been in your physical space, and then they are in your online space.”

She urged people with computers to protect them with passwords and make sure they do not stay permanently logged in so they do not fall victim to similar invasions of privacy.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: "Being burgled is traumatic enough for any family but for the culprit to apparently use their stolen possessions to publicly gloat over the crime is a sinister twist.

"As with all burglaries we are taking the matter seriously and a thorough investigation is under way to bring this offender to justice."

The crime came after Hove was named in the top 20 burglary hotspots nationwide in a survey of insurers on the website MoneySupermarket.

Sussex Police said between January and March this year there was less than one burglary a day in Hove and fewer than any other time over the last five years.

There were 63 crimes compared with 150 in the same period in 2004.

Citywide, in July this year there were fewer than half the number of burglaries there were in 2004, with 92 compared with 186.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pollard said the policy of targeting drug users, who are thought to be behind a huge proportion of acquisitive crimes, and low-level dealers, was paying off.

He said: “These figures do represent a very joined up approach to this problem right across Brighton and Hove, which has led to the continued reductions in this crime type area making the area a safe place for people to live, work and visit."

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9:15am Sat 15 Aug 09

OP8 says...

I think the actual quote, as shown in the image is that the TV was ****.

A good lesson why people should be more secure with their PCs/laptops and use passwords to login and not have browsers storing website passwords etc
I think the actual quote, as shown in the image is that the TV was ****. A good lesson why people should be more secure with their PCs/laptops and use passwords to login and not have browsers storing website passwords etc OP8

9:33am Sat 15 Aug 09

Harry Callahan says...

I hope if the householder finds out who this idiot is he gives him a good hiding, it's not really that hard to find people that boast about what they've done as they always tell the wrong (or should I say right) people in the end!!!!!!!!!!.
I hope if the householder finds out who this idiot is he gives him a good hiding, it's not really that hard to find people that boast about what they've done as they always tell the wrong (or should I say right) people in the end!!!!!!!!!!. Harry Callahan

9:43am Sat 15 Aug 09

TrollOP says...

The IP from which the posts were made would have been logged, no?
The IP from which the posts were made would have been logged, no? TrollOP

9:56am Sat 15 Aug 09

dolphy says...

Also you can pinpoint an iPhone on google maps via mobile me, if you have an account. Even if you don't, the phone has gps and can be tracked by o2
Also you can pinpoint an iPhone on google maps via mobile me, if you have an account. Even if you don't, the phone has gps and can be tracked by o2 dolphy

10:42am Sat 15 Aug 09

For Every Sprinkle I Find says...

TrollOP wrote:
The IP from which the posts were made would have been logged, no?
And even if it was, it still can't be tracked back to an individual place (so they keep saying, but I think that's a load of sh*te as I've pin-pointed people before).

And yes, iPhones CAN be tracked and blocked. It's one of the cool things about it. Follow the GPS, find the oik. But that's probably too much work for the police, right?

Fine, I'LL do it.
[quote][p][bold]TrollOP[/bold] wrote: The IP from which the posts were made would have been logged, no?[/p][/quote]And even if it was, it still can't be tracked back to an individual place (so they keep saying, but I think that's a load of sh*te as I've pin-pointed people before). And yes, iPhones CAN be tracked and blocked. It's one of the cool things about it. Follow the GPS, find the oik. But that's probably too much work for the police, right? Fine, I'LL do it. For Every Sprinkle I Find

1:53pm Sat 15 Aug 09

Lil says...

If you use Firefox 3.5 and some betas of Chrome (possibly Safari) is supports GeoLocation which can fairly accurately pinpoint where the computer is.

Had my laptop stolen a few months back too, but it was all password protected and I never say passwords in my browsers.
If you use Firefox 3.5 and some betas of Chrome (possibly Safari) is supports GeoLocation which can fairly accurately pinpoint where the computer is. Had my laptop stolen a few months back too, but it was all password protected and I never say passwords in my browsers. Lil

2:09pm Sat 15 Aug 09

For Every Sprinkle I Find says...

I have two passwords on my MacBook; one when it starts up (Unix mod) and one to log in. I also have a Guest account which DOESN'T have a password (nor does it save any info, files etc). So, should they get through the first one (unlikely), they'll go for the easy option to get online, thus activating the GeoLocation in Firefox and letting me dish out some vigilante justice.
I have two passwords on my MacBook; one when it starts up (Unix mod) and one to log in. I also have a Guest account which DOESN'T have a password (nor does it save any info, files etc). So, should they get through the first one (unlikely), they'll go for the easy option to get online, thus activating the GeoLocation in Firefox and letting me dish out some vigilante justice. For Every Sprinkle I Find

2:22pm Sat 15 Aug 09

Lord Bingham says...

Track them down, dish out a beating and drag them through the streets using Andre Spooner's mighty horse, if he will lend it to us for the day. The rest of the world can follow the action via a video feed from the stolen iPhone. Bring back the public stocks and floggings for burglars, I say!
Track them down, dish out a beating and drag them through the streets using Andre Spooner's mighty horse, if he will lend it to us for the day. The rest of the world can follow the action via a video feed from the stolen iPhone. Bring back the public stocks and floggings for burglars, I say! Lord Bingham

2:27pm Sat 15 Aug 09

Psycho Bob says...

For Every Sprinkle I Find wrote:
I have two passwords on my MacBook; one when it starts up (Unix mod) and one to log in. I also have a Guest account which DOESN'T have a password (nor does it save any info, files etc). So, should they get through the first one (unlikely), they'll go for the easy option to get online, thus activating the GeoLocation in Firefox and letting me dish out some vigilante justice.
Geo-Location in Firefox - wonderful invention.
Just checked my Geo-Location and I will give a clue to my location - Brighton.
Firefox gives my Geo-Location as SLOUGH.
.
beep beep....

[quote][p][bold]For Every Sprinkle I Find[/bold] wrote: I have two passwords on my MacBook; one when it starts up (Unix mod) and one to log in. I also have a Guest account which DOESN'T have a password (nor does it save any info, files etc). So, should they get through the first one (unlikely), they'll go for the easy option to get online, thus activating the GeoLocation in Firefox and letting me dish out some vigilante justice.[/p][/quote]Geo-Location in Firefox - wonderful invention. Just checked my Geo-Location and I will give a clue to my location - Brighton. Firefox gives my Geo-Location as SLOUGH. . beep beep.... Psycho Bob

3:24pm Sat 15 Aug 09

VoodooGangbanger says...

Get facebook involved, im sure they can see the facebook accounts logged in from that computers unique IP, if he was on facebook he probably has a facebook account (attending to log his own when he notices it autologs) he doesn't sound smart so my guess is he probally logged under the same IP, Facebook can probably give you all the info you need, if the Sussex police could get off their lazy as....well ill let you work out the rest.
Get facebook involved, im sure they can see the facebook accounts logged in from that computers unique IP, if he was on facebook he probably has a facebook account (attending to log his own when he notices it autologs) he doesn't sound smart so my guess is he probally logged under the same IP, Facebook can probably give you all the info you need, if the Sussex police could get off their lazy as....well ill let you work out the rest. VoodooGangbanger

7:55pm Sat 15 Aug 09

John Steed says...

has nobody spotted an obvious clue?
he cant spell, "off to the **** shop" "smart alec is not that smart"
as to all the bright ones about IP's and tracking phones, why not note the obvious, the computer was turned on and logged in for a session, he posted before he left the premises.
as for all the bright comments about passwords my advice, do not believe all that you hear that they will keep your information safe and secure, as such only encrypton will do that
"Harry C" is a bit of an expert in security and would confirm im sure, reading hard drives on another machine is to put it mildly childsplay,
treat all computers as unsafe and as likely to breakdown as to get stolen or accidently damaged use them and abuse them but do not leave any valubleor embarassing data on them
has nobody spotted an obvious clue? he cant spell, "off to the **** shop" "smart alec is not that smart" as to all the bright ones about IP's and tracking phones, why not note the obvious, the computer was turned on and logged in for a session, he posted before he left the premises. as for all the bright comments about passwords my advice, do not believe all that you hear that they will keep your information safe and secure, as such only encrypton will do that "Harry C" is a bit of an expert in security and would confirm im sure, reading hard drives on another machine is to put it mildly childsplay, treat all computers as unsafe and as likely to breakdown as to get stolen or accidently damaged use them and abuse them but do not leave any valubleor embarassing data on them John Steed

8:09pm Sat 15 Aug 09

John Steed says...

yet again the auto censorship software has cut in the word the thief cannot spell is pawn he used an identicle sounding word with or between the P & N
yet again the auto censorship software has cut in the word the thief cannot spell is pawn he used an identicle sounding word with or between the P & N John Steed

9:29pm Sat 15 Aug 09

Harry Callahan says...

John Steed wrote:
has nobody spotted an obvious clue?
he cant spell, "off to the **** shop" "smart alec is not that smart"
as to all the bright ones about IP's and tracking phones, why not note the obvious, the computer was turned on and logged in for a session, he posted before he left the premises.
as for all the bright comments about passwords my advice, do not believe all that you hear that they will keep your information safe and secure, as such only encrypton will do that
"Harry C" is a bit of an expert in security and would confirm im sure, reading hard drives on another machine is to put it mildly childsplay,
treat all computers as unsafe and as likely to breakdown as to get stolen or accidently damaged use them and abuse them but do not leave any valubleor embarassing data on them
Yep you are indeed correct about reading a hard drive, I use "TrueCrypt" on all my sensitive hard drives (Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Serpent, and Twofish.) fully automatic all the user has to do is enter a password at boot-up, the other thing that not many people think about is E-mails, sending an E-mail is as insecure as sending a post card, so I also encrypt E-mails and give the receiver the passkey via another means.
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: has nobody spotted an obvious clue? he cant spell, "off to the **** shop" "smart alec is not that smart" as to all the bright ones about IP's and tracking phones, why not note the obvious, the computer was turned on and logged in for a session, he posted before he left the premises. as for all the bright comments about passwords my advice, do not believe all that you hear that they will keep your information safe and secure, as such only encrypton will do that "Harry C" is a bit of an expert in security and would confirm im sure, reading hard drives on another machine is to put it mildly childsplay, treat all computers as unsafe and as likely to breakdown as to get stolen or accidently damaged use them and abuse them but do not leave any valubleor embarassing data on them[/p][/quote]Yep you are indeed correct about reading a hard drive, I use "TrueCrypt" on all my sensitive hard drives (Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Serpent, and Twofish.) fully automatic all the user has to do is enter a password at boot-up, the other thing that not many people think about is E-mails, sending an E-mail is as insecure as sending a post card, so I also encrypt E-mails and give the receiver the passkey via another means. Harry Callahan

9:30pm Sat 15 Aug 09

TrollOP says...

John Steed: why not note the obvious, the computer was turned on and logged in for a session, he posted before he left the premises.
?

Worthy note, if the IP confirmed this the time stamp would give a more precise time than "between Wednesday night and Thursday morning".

Browser/Computer security is all well and good but is a moot point here as the larger issue is household security. If DS's were still hip in the media the headline would have been something along the lines "Hove burglar steals DS, leaves TV".

[quote]John Steed: why not note the obvious, the computer was turned on and logged in for a session, he posted before he left the premises.[/quote]? Worthy note, if the IP confirmed this the time stamp would give a more precise time than "between Wednesday night and Thursday morning". Browser/Computer security is all well and good but is a moot point here as the larger issue is household security. If DS's were still hip in the media the headline would have been something along the lines "Hove burglar steals DS, leaves TV". TrollOP

10:15pm Sat 15 Aug 09

TrollOP says...

Harry Callahan: Yep you are indeed correct about reading a hard drive, I use "TrueCrypt" on all my sensitive hard drives


Does it make sure that the doors and windows are locked?

No break in = No security issue in this instance.


[quote]Harry Callahan: Yep you are indeed correct about reading a hard drive, I use "TrueCrypt" on all my sensitive hard drives [/quote] Does it make sure that the doors and windows are locked? No break in = No security issue in this instance. TrollOP

1:00pm Sun 16 Aug 09

Auld School says...

Maybe its not a mistake and he actually is off to a **** shop................
.either way he's definitely a w**ker.
Maybe its not a mistake and he actually is off to a **** shop................ .either way he's definitely a w**ker. Auld School

6:38pm Sun 16 Aug 09

Harry Callahan says...

TrollOP wrote:
Harry Callahan: Yep you are indeed correct about reading a hard drive, I use "TrueCrypt" on all my sensitive hard drives


Does it make sure that the doors and windows are locked?

No break in = No security issue in this instance.


The article in no way states that the windows or doors were not locked! it is very easy to open some window and door locks (trust me I used to be a bailiff specialising in evictions from property), anyway shouldn't people be able to leave windows open without some scumbag robbing the place.
[quote][p][bold]TrollOP[/bold] wrote: [quote]Harry Callahan: Yep you are indeed correct about reading a hard drive, I use "TrueCrypt" on all my sensitive hard drives [/quote] Does it make sure that the doors and windows are locked? No break in = No security issue in this instance. [/p][/quote]The article in no way states that the windows or doors were not locked! it is very easy to open some window and door locks (trust me I used to be a bailiff specialising in evictions from property), anyway shouldn't people be able to leave windows open without some scumbag robbing the place. Harry Callahan

10:15pm Sun 16 Aug 09

Joe the Crow says...

A truly desperate individual. A shocking display of arrogance. No regard for the children asleep upstairs, only contempt for their parents who dare to work hard in order to provide them with a decent home. The Nintendo DS, clearly a prized posession of one of the children, now merely a token exchangable for whatever vile substance this paracite needs to prolong his futile and pointless existence. Justice is hard to define in this case. I would like to suggest sending this coward to the front line in Afghanistan for a start. If he makes it back. In the meantime, lets hope he gets ran over by a bus on his way to the "****" shop. Perhaps all licenced adult shop owners should be on alert for an ileterate scumbag attempting to redeem a laptop in exchange for a 12 inch rubber penis. I for one would like to see this worm named, shamed and taught a lesson he will never forget.
A truly desperate individual. A shocking display of arrogance. No regard for the children asleep upstairs, only contempt for their parents who dare to work hard in order to provide them with a decent home. The Nintendo DS, clearly a prized posession of one of the children, now merely a token exchangable for whatever vile substance this paracite needs to prolong his futile and pointless existence. Justice is hard to define in this case. I would like to suggest sending this coward to the front line in Afghanistan for a start. If he makes it back. In the meantime, lets hope he gets ran over by a bus on his way to the "****" shop. Perhaps all licenced adult shop owners should be on alert for an ileterate scumbag attempting to redeem a laptop in exchange for a 12 inch rubber penis. I for one would like to see this worm named, shamed and taught a lesson he will never forget. Joe the Crow

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