Steven Mulhall is accused of stealing Broward County Circuit Judge Michael Orlando's nameplate and then posting the picture on his girlfriend's Facebook page.
Photographer: Facebook / Natalie Segura
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Note to thieves. If you steal a nameplate from a judge, don't let anyone post a picture of you holding it on Facebook.
Authorities in South Florida say that's exactly what led to the arrest Thursday of 21-year-old Steven Mulhall on violation of probation charges.
Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel ( http://sunsent.nl/w4aQxO ) Mulhall pried the $40 nameplate from the courtroom door of Broward Circuit Judge Michael Orlando. He says Mulhall has multiple petty theft convictions and now faces felony charges.
Arrest reports show the nameplate was stolen around Feb. 23. Authorities received a tip that Mulhall took the nameplate and that the picture could be found on his girlfriend's Facebook page.
The nameplate will be returned to the judge.
A phone number wasn't available for Mulhall.
Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel, www.sunsentinel.com .
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