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Social Media Post To Blame For Home Invasion

| by Ethan Brown
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Philadelphia police believe a post on a popular social media website led to a home invasion early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the neighborhood of Somerton, located in the northeastern part of the city.

One of the witnesses interviewed told Fox News, “There was somebody on his knees with his hands behind his back and here they got the guy with a gun.”

Evidence of a broken window and three cellphones were found by law enforcement, who believe the suspects broke into the home shortly after 2:30 a.m.  According to officers, the unidentified men demanded jewelry and Rolex watches that they saw the victim showcasing in a picture on a social media website.

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The assailants stole a Rolex watch and gold chains before breaking out a back room window and escaping.  All five of the victims in the house, ages 17 to 19, were not hurt in the robbery.

Fortunately, one of the victims was able to call police with their cellphone from inside the bathroom. The gunmen later took all the cellphones, but left two handguns which detectives found while investigating.

Many people, especially law enforcement, have advised avid social media users in the past to not include any information in their postings or pictures that detail their personal property, bank information, or address, among other information. 

Mary Ann Geppert, who lives next door to the crime scene, said, “You just don’t give information like that on the Internet.” 

Another neighbor echoed the senitment, stating, “They know where you live, you’re telling them what you have, it’s like almost inviting them in.”

One of the occupants living in the apartment, Ray Ferrell, believes there may be a connection between the gunmen and one of his roommates. 

“Definitely somebody who was affiliated with him," he said, according to CBS. "It had to be. It had to be one of his friends or friends of a friend. I think it was a setup to be honest with you.”

As of Monday morning, police were still searching for the suspects.

Sources: Philadelphia.cbslocal.com, myfoxphilly.com

Photo Credit: Automotive Social/Flickr, WikiCommons