VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - On Wednesday, the Valdosta Police Department responded to 1225 Lakeview Drive to investigate a burglary. The resident, Cynthia Kelly, said that her home had been broken into, and several items had been stolen.
Kelly became aware of the burglary when a family member told her that someone was trying to sell her property on the internet.
Detectives from the Valdosta Police Department Property Crimes Unit found pictures on the internet, showing the thieves posing with the items, while they were still inside the home.
Detectives arranged to meet with the offenders to purchase items from them. When detectives met with them to make the purchase, they arrested James Mclemore, 18, Christopher Lasker, 18 and Colby Barlow, 17. All three were charged with burglary and were taken to the Lowndes County Jail.
"A family member called [Kelly] and said they were on the internet looking on a sell site and saw where there were pictures of the items on there," said Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk.
Kirk said they don't see a large number of cases of criminals posting pictures of themselves online with stolen items, but he said it wouldn't be surprising if that starts to change. "With the number of sites, I'm sure it's gonna become more common if it's not already more common," Kirk said. "Because, there' so many sites on the internet that people can go to buy and sell property."
Unfortunately for Mclemore, Lasker, and Barlow, they tried to sell the property to the wrong person.
The Valdosta Police Department was assisted by detectives from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department and most of the stolen property was recovered.
Anyone having any further information regarding the crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.