Birmingham Thief Jailed After Facebook Suggested Victim Add Him as a Friend

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Who knew that Facebook’s friend finder thing would prove so useful? The social network’s ‘People You May Know’ feature, usually filled with a mishmash of humans you’re very deliberately not friends with and others you really fancy and Facebook-stalk all the time but have never actually met and you wonder if your face sometimes appears on their feed and if they think about you whenever they’re lonely too, may have a future as a detective tool.

Omar Famuyide, a 21-year-old thief-man from Birmingham, has just been jailed for 17 years, and it’s all down to Facebook. One of his victims saw a shot of his mug with an ‘Add Friend’ sign underneath it a couple of days after Famuyide made off with his car. Quite the ridiculous coincidence.

Rather than adding him and firing off a casual-but-firm message going something like “Oi mate, give us my motor back, yeah?” he contacted the police, who have since discovered that Famuyide was behind a string of robberies and firearms offences.

"Old fashioned detective work got us most of the way and we were able to build enough evidence to link all of the different items and offences, but we still didn’t have a name," said Detective Constable Rhiannon Daff from West Midlands Police. "It was a crucial part of the investigation when one of the victims got in touch after recognising Famuyide on Facebook and was the final piece of the jigsaw that we were looking for."

Let that be a lesson for you, thieves of the world. Zuckerberg's a crime-fighter now. [BBC]