Instagram photo of fast-food meal puts police on trail of auto burglary suspects

Some high-end restaurants prohibit diners from taking Instagram photos of their food. And, it appears, at least a few patrons might be better off if low-end eateries did, too.

Four suspects are now facing auto burglary charges in California after allegedly taking an Instagram photo of $120 in fast food they are accused of purchasing with a stolen credit card.

The owner of the credit card saw the unusual charge and contacted the restaurant, a Carl’s Jr. Suspicious of the unusually large order, workers at the restaurant had taken a photo of the receipt for the order, and got the license plate number of the vehicle used for the drive-through purchase. They then posted the photo on Instagram.

A friend of one of the employees spotted the post and said they had seen an Instagram photo of the food on a local high school student’s feed, reports the Sacto 911 page of the Sacramento Bee.

Police in Rocklin were on the lookout for the suspects’ vehicle on Sunday and spotted it around 9 p.m. The occupants were detained and a search of the car revealed that it contained items allegedly stolen during Saturday auto burglaries as well as items from a Sunday auto burglary that hadn’t even been reported yet, according to authorities.

Three adults and a juvenile from Sacramento were arrested and jailed on charges of conspiracy, suspicion of auto burglary, unauthorized use of personal identification and possession of stolen property. The article doesn’t include any comment from the suspects or their legal counsel.

The suspects’ massive order, according to Sacto 911:

• Five burgers
• Five orange creme shakes
• Three barbeque chicken quesadillas
• One bacon Swiss chicken sandwich
• Two double western sandwiches
• Two orders of fried zucchini
• Six orders of cross-cut fries
• Two teriyaki burgers, with added bacon
• Two barbeque chicken sandwiches, with added bacon
• Five southwest chicken tacos, with added sour cream.

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Hat tip: Associated Press

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