Sucker for a selfie
GONZALES - Detectives said a "selfie" posted on the internet helped them identify and arrest a man suspected of stealing a money clip in Ascension Parish.
Gonzales Police charged 29-year-old Rashad Bridges of Darrow with felony theft this week.
Police said Bridges stole the clip on Dec. 2 after it had been left on the counter of a Gonzales convenience store. Investigators said the person in front of Bridges had left the clip containing more than $1,200 on the counter, and Bridges took it a few moments after the customer walked away.
After releasing surveillance photos from the store on Jan. 12, police said they got a call tipping them off that Bridges was the man they were looking for.
"They want to keep the streets as safe as we do, and they really work with us, so under 24 hours we had a name from a phone call, we were able to get our detectives on to social media and funnily enough, there he was in a selfie wearing the exact same clothes," said Charlotte Guedry, the spokesperson for Gonzales Police.
Once detectives matched the photos they were able to arrest Bridges, thanks to his social media snafu.
"We're seeing it all the time, pictures of people in precarious or silly situations that catch up with them, you have to be careful what you post if you want to get hired for a job, yeah absolutely, if you're a criminal and then you post something on social media, it will be seen," said Guedry.
Police said Bridges was already behind bars on an unrelated charged when they connected him to the money clip theft.