SFPD Reportedly Monitoring The Instagram Accounts Of Suspected Gang Members

Oversharing’s nothing new in our day and age, but its damning ability to instantly digitally indict someone sure makes things easier for the police. As the Chron’s Matier & Ross report, SFPD has apparently joined Instagram and are finding tons of exhibitionist criminals to follow.

When police responded to a call about an armed man riding Muni near Third and Palou, the suspect evaded the police, but left a gun in a nearby planter. According to M&R, shortly thereafter SFPD arrested their allegedly gun-tossing suspect on 14 weapons charges after spying an Instagrammed photo of discarded weapon.

Police have also been following the Instagram account of at least one man they believe is a member of Zoo Block, a somewhat notorious gang with ties to the Bayview and Potrero Hill areas. After the man posted a photo that struck an officer as suspicious, police headed to the area the photo was taken, at which point the Instagrammer “tossed a 9mm pistol into a garbage can and took off running,” the Chron reports.

No word yet on if SFPD believes gang members are using Pinterest, Vine, or (heh) Google+.

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