Anderson County deputies said a pair of burglary suspects who used Facebook to target homes was arrested thanks to the same social networking website.
Deputies said several homes in the Williamston and Powdersville areas were broken into between April and May. They said they believe the victims were being targeted based on their Facebook statuses.
Investigators said a picture of two people trying to sell video games stolen during one of the break-ins was posted to the Facebook page of the sheriff's office. They said within hours, the people in the picture were identified as 39-year-old Candace Landreth and 44-year-old Robert Landreth Jr.
Deputies said the victims realized the alleged culprits weren't exactly strangers, including Stephanie Quillen, who told FOX Carolina she never gave a second thought to sharing her latest vacation plans on Facebook, after all it was only with her friends.
"I put something like 'we are beach bound' right before we left, and I took pictures when we were down there and posted those," Quillen said.
But when she returned home a few days later, the house was ransacked and vandalized. Almost $10,000 in personal items were gone.
"I never thought it was someone I knew, I just thought someone had probably saw us leaving," Quillen said.
Quillen said Candace Landreth was an old high school classmate and a Facebook friend.
"The female suspect used Facebook to pick potential targets to burglarize," said Chad McBride of the Anderson County Sheriff's office.
While Facebook helped deputies identify the subjects and help deputies, McBride said it also led to the crimes as well.
"Unfortunately it enabled them to steal to begin with," said McBride.
So far, deputies said the pair broke into four Anderson homes and one Greenville home. Investigators were able to recover a good portion of the stolen goods, but some items had already been sold or pawned.
Both of the Landreths were charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and grand larceny. They were being held in the county jail.
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