Victim uses Facebook to track down robbers

Published On: Sep 28 2012 07:51:52 AM HST

Sam Drummond had just been robbed and he said he was determined to find the guys who did it.

Drummond said he lost his iPhone and $2,000 in cash during a robbery Sept. 8.

Drummond, owner of Palm-Tech, a Lantana company that buys and sells used phones, said a previous customer had called saying he had another phone to sell but he had no way to get to the store. He asked if someone could come to him.

"My brother was supposed to go pick it up at the time," said Drummond. "But I decided since I was going that way to eat anyway, I decided to go pick it up."

When Drummond arrived at the address he'd been given, the customer climbed into the front seat. Then, the back door opened and another man got in the car. He pointed a gun at Drummond's head. Drummond thought he was going to die.

The robbers took the cash and the phone and ran off, Drummond said.

Drummond said he returned to his store and started to think of ways to track down the criminals. He went to Facebook and tried plugging in the name of the customer, but got nowhere. Then he plugged in the customer's phone number and hit the jackpot.

Drummond said he found the profile picture of the customer who had just robbed him, and in some pictures, that customer was holding a wad of cash. A friend had even commented, "crime pays."

Drummond went through the customer's Facebook page and was able to find a page for the other robber, the man who had held a gun to his head.

Drummond took his information to authorities, who arrested Jonathan Coleman and Billy Jean Jacques, both of Lake Worth.

Authorities said the two men were taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where they face charges of robbery with a firearm. 

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