How Not to Steal a Dress, According to an Illinois Woman (and Her Selfies)

By: Peggy Truong / July 21, 2014

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Justin Bieber is all smiles for this very permanent photo.
Apparently shoplifting was not enough for a 27-year-old woman who allegedly stole a few items from a southern Illinois store earlier this month.

A few selfies were also taken.

Unfortunately for the woman, later identified as Danielle Saxton of West Frankfort, Ill., those exact photos were what led to her arrest.

After Mortie’s Boutique co-owner Kert Williams posted a photo of an item that was missing (a colorful leopard dress), the Internet did its thing and Saxton’s photos popped up.

Williams was heading back to the shop during the July 11th episode when he spotted a woman walking out of the facilities with some items. Also missing from the store that day: a couple shirts and some jewelry.

“Her excuse was there was nobody in here. We were in the back working, and that she could just take it,” he told local news station WSIL-TV last week. “You know, not really much of an excuse there.”

“We just had a description and a direction of travel, but when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was,” Police Chief Shawn Talluto added. “And by looking at the background of the photograph we were able to pinpoint where she was.”

So kids, the next time you take a selfie — any selfie — remember: the Internet always wins.

[Lead photo courtesy of Facebook/Morties Boutique]