Jesse Hippolite pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbing three banks last year. The 24-year-old is now facing 20 years in prison for each robbery and has Facebook to blame, reports the Daily Mail.
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Hippolite, a prolific robber who called himself “Willie Sutton Jr.” on Facebook, provided clues in his postings about his bank robberies. Social media postings like, “I Gotta Get that $$$$$ Man!” were posted just 45 minutes before he actually robbed a Chase Manhattan Bank in Brooklyn, New York, last July.
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If writing about a crime that you are going to commit, then blasting it all over a social-networking site for all to see doesn’t win you top prize as dunce of the year, then how about following up with another dim-witted posting:
Hippolite took his pseudo-Facebook name from a famous bank robber who stole more that $2 million during his criminal career, which spanned four decades, until he was nabbed by police in 1952. The comment, “Crime pays my bills,” and, “I wanna promote a heist…who wid it?” followed by Hippolite’s three Facebook pictures of himself counting a wad of $100 bills pretty much sealed his fate for law enforcement.
Police detained the robber, after they spied the license plate of a vehicle that Hippolite had been driving. Apparently, a bank employee from one of Hippolite’s alleged heists had managed to get the plate information and provided it to police.
Oddly enough, Hippolite never used a firearm in his crime sprees and only relied upon threatening notes to get his loot. In addition to the possible 60-year sentence, Hippolite also faces restitution for his cash withdrawal from the banks to the tune of $32,000.