Police intercept online threat, raid wrong house
A teen’s house was raided after a threatening online post alerted the 5-0.
Stealing Wi-Fi is just like watching Jersey Shore – it’s wrong, but everyone seems to do it.
Using someone’s Wi-Fi could result in a little more than sneakily downloading a free version of Angry Birds on your neighbours account. Police recently raided a New Jersey home after an online threat was traced to the location of the residence – the problem was that the threat didn’t come from the targeted house.
18-year old Stephanie Milan was watching the Food Network when a SWAT team burst through the door after they had traced the online threat originating from the house’s location.
The threat was posted on Topix.com, and mentioned explosives and harm to one of the police members, along with the officer’s family.
Police were looking for the computer which the post originated from.
This computer equipment, police believed, had been used to post the threats, although it was evident that Stephanie Milan was not the perpetrator, and it’s suggested that her Wi-Fi had been accessed unknowingly from outside users.
Police did seize Milan’s laptop for inspection, and have agreed to repair her front door, although her carpet remains damaged from the grenade that breached the door.
So when stealing Wi-Fi, know that you’re already in the wrong, so posting threats to SWAT members is probably not going to help your case.
This could be your front door: