Man's Facebook Pic of Police Car Gas-Siphoning Leads to Arrest

Todd Wasserman

A Kentucky man landed in jail after posting a picture of himself on Facebook siphoning gas from a police car.

The photo shows Michael Baker, 20, giving the camera the finger as he's in the process of swiping gas from a Jenkins Police Department squad car. Baker told local TV station WYMT that his girlfriend took the pic.

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Baker and his girlfriend Joann Sandelin told the station that the picture was meant as a joke. "We was just standing there and thought it would be funny to take a picture and then post it on Facebook," said Baker.

"Yeah, we're sorry, but it was just a joke. I mean if we was going to steal gas, we wouldn't put it nationwide on Facebook. We don't steal anyway, but we're sorry," said Sandelin.

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Baker spent the night in jail for the offense. He was charged with theft by unlawful tanking.

The Kentucky native isn't the first to be done in by a Facebook posting. Last month, a Washington state man, Alan Fulk, was charged with bigamy after his wife, Ellenora Fulk, saw a picture of the him getting married to another woman. Fulk had not divorced his first wife.

Image courtesy of Michael Baker, Facebook

This story originally published on Mashable here.