Don’t poke police, even on Facebook.
A Florida punk wanted for burglary was caught by cops Thursday after the 21-year-old posted a taunting message on the department’s Facebook page.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Officeposted Logan “Finallyfree” Hale’s mugshot on Facebook last week as part of its #FridayFelons campaign to catch fugitives.
The posting, which described how Hale and a friend allegedly raided a Lakeland home and pawned off the loot earlier this month, quickly drew mocking comments from the 21-year-old — and a plea from his ninth grade teacher.
“HELLO here i am…..” a Facebook user named Logan Finallyfree Hale wrote Tuesday. “Deputies continue to look for me but Are frustrated that i am unable to be located….”
Polk County deputies got their man Thursday, and in a fitting sendoff, shared a troll-worthy comeback of their own.
“Logan Hale, you are on your way to jail. Your attempts to hide were to no avail. Epic fail,” the department shared on both Facebook and Twitter, along with an arrest photo of a handcuffed Hale and Sheriff Grady Judd’s signature.
Hale and his accomplice, Tyler Thornton, have each been jailed five times before, cops said.
“Remaining ‘at large’ is only going to result in your having to change your FB name from ‘Finallyfree’ to ‘Back In Jail — it would be wise for you to turn yourself in to the nearest PCSO facility. Or give us a call — we’ll be happy to provide transportation,” the department wrote.
Thornton, the other suspected burglar, was taken into custody after the Friday posting, Public Information Officer Donna Wood said.
Hale was next and law enforcement officers were grateful for the social media assistance.
“That’s not the best choice for his interest if he wants to evade capture, but we appreciate the help from him,” Wood told the Daily News Thursday.
Amid the back-and-forth between the suspect and deputies, a commenter who claimed to be Hale’s ninth grade teacher commented on the mugshot with some advice for her former student.
“You were always so polite and nice to me, and I always liked you. Because of that, I want to help you,” Mary Lynn Higgs wrote.
She encouraged Hale to take responsibility for the break-in.
“You need to surrender immediately to the sheriff’s department. Drop the bravado and turn yourself in. Plead guilty and own up to what you did,” she wrote.
“You did the crime, now do the time. You are only 21. You can still change your life around. Serve your time and use it to study … You still have a chance to become something good. Do it !!”
So he has some new digs and I am quite amused he taunted the police and probably should have thought about who had the most resources of the two parties…LOL Either way we now know another fool has been caged.,