Man spots his stolen guns posted on Facebook, arrest made

Posted Nov 25, 2014 by Marcus Hondro
If you're planning on stealing valuable items from someone's home, anything, jewelry, paintings, oh say, guns, here's a tip: don't post photos of the stolen items on your Facebook page. No particular reason not to, except that the owner might see them.
A pair of handcuffs.
And you'll get caught.
That's pretty much exactly what happened to Christopher Banegas, a man in his late 30s, police say, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As KOB 4 TV News in Albuquerque reports, Mr. Banegas had photos of guns posted on his Facebook page, stolen guns, taken from a home in Albuquerque in September of 2013, and it is now alleged he did the taking.
Now there is another twist — if you know the person who owns the stolen guns that you posted photos of on your Facebook page, and you are in fact his Facebook friend then, well, all the more reason not to post the photos.
Especially if you stole them.
After all, the owner of the guns who is your Facebook friend might look on your Facebook page — that's what Facebook friends do from time to time — which the rightful owner of these guns did: he looked, just by happenstance, at Banegas' Facebook page and there were his guns.
The two were only casual friends and lost touch but had remained Facebook friends. The man whose guns were stolen told the police that he didn't look at Banegas' Facebook page for his guns when they were taken because he didn't suspect him in the robbery of his home. He didn't have a reason to, or didn't think that he did.
Police arrested Banegas and say he is facing charges of aggravated burglary, larceny of a firearm, and tampering with evidence.
It was all there on Facebook to see.