FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Be careful about what you post on Facebook, it could land you jail.

Steven Mulhall, 21, of Coral Springs, learned that fact the hard way when he allegedly stole a nameplate from a judge’s door and posted a picture of himself holding it on Facebook.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, Mulhall pried the nameplate off the door of Broward Circuit Judge Michael Orlando on Feb. 23rd.

An anonymous tip lead investigators to the Facebook page of Mulhall’s girlfriend where his picture was posted holding the $40 nameplate.

Mulhall was arrested Thursday and charged with petty theft but since he violated the terms of his parole on previous petty theft convictions, its considered a felony.

He was booked into Broward County’s Main Jail but has since bonded out.

Comments (27)
  1. dsn says:


    1. Random says:

      ….and the judge says hang him…and we all laughed.

    2. Lucy says:

      Yup, lets go steal or private property, then display yourself all over the internet, 2 thumbs up for Michael!!

  2. heather says:

    OMG ….that is all i have to say ….really brilliant dude

  3. tammy says:

    wow, dumbed his way into a felony! sad.

  4. Meow Meow Kitties says:

    What a booger. I love when the effort to be cool backfires!! In fact, this very story shall bring me dreams of candy canes and marshmallow houses on this very eve. AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

  5. joe says:

    A REAL GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Your editor is asleep says:

    “Mulhall was arrested Thursday and charged with petty theft but since he violated the terms of his parole on previous petty theft convictions, its considered a felony.”

    Apostrophe-s, news journalist. “Its” is a possessive. The word you’re looking for is “it’s.”

    1. John Doe says:

      Actually, “it’s” = “it is” and “its” is the possessive. Google it.

      1. truebob says:

        Actually, that’s what the original comment said, you’re comment in redundant.

      2. Susan says:

        truebob, actually “you’re” = you + are, the word you’re looking for is “your”. lol

      3. I'm smarter than you says:

        Truebob, I believe you meant to say “is”, not “in”. As in, “your comment IS redundant”. A comment can’t be IN redundant. My work here is done.

    2. billybob says:

      Omg Its tha grammer polise, its’ pathetik. pleez get a life yoor a looser..

  7. Bob says:

    New Darwin award nominee…

    1. Cortanis says:

      Not quite yet…. he still hasn’t taken himself out of the gene pool or drowned in it yet. Otherwise, agreed. >.>

    2. Random says:

      Only if the judge ops to castrate or does not have kids and he had an accident that was not mentioned. Thats the rules of the Darwin award game.

  8. truebob says:

    His girlfriend is as dim as he is.

  9. mccgeno says:

    Hey Mulhall, I saw your kid on the news last night, that’s a real genius you got there, lol.

  10. tim0 says:

    If all they have is the photo, and no witness or survalliance, all the kid has to do is say he found the nameplate. Its not against the law to pick up something and take your picture with it.

    1. Random says:

      Possession of stolen property is a crime. So, yes It is.

    2. Doodlebug2222 says:

      They never said there was no survalliance, and probably was fingerprints on the door where it was pryed. Then you have to wonder what the caption was, and think about the intention of the post. Why would a person that simply found this nameplate – pose with it? Generally, a person that committed the crime > would > and would also pose with the prize.

  11. ACE says:

    Stupid ass. They shouldn’t have let him out, Because you and I know he won’t show up for his court date. Another DUH Moment this time on the Court System.

  12. cuz_imthemom says:

    Ron White said it best… “You can’t fix stupid” LOL!

  13. pamik says:

    He was crying for help and wanted to be caught?

  14. cris says:

    and this is our next generation…..

  15. Barbara Stowe says:

    All I have to say is OMG, too funny!!!!!!!