Safe-cracker arrested after police post CCTV photos on Facebook

Graham Cluley

Regular readers of this blog must be getting used to hearing stories about criminals breaking into users’ Facebook and Twitter accounts to cause mischief and make a quick buck. Well, here’s a story of a rather different break-in that involved a very popular Web 2.0 website.

A 21-year-old apprentice from Queenstown, New Zealand, has been arrested after police posted footage of him trying to break into a safe on Facebook.

The man broke through the ceiling of the Frankton Arms Tavern in the early hours of Monday morning and spent almost an hour using an angle grinder and crowbar, attempting (and ultimately failing) to break into a safe containing approximately NZ $20,000. It seems it was hot work as he foolishly removed his balaclava during the attempt, before he noticed the CCTV camera.

Local police, who set up a…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.