By DAN BOWENS, Fox 5 News Reporter
The NYPD has arrested more than a dozen reputed gang members for a year-long crime spree that they boasted about on Facebook.
Police said the suspects used fire escapes and rooftops to break into apartments in Brooklyn.
A grand jury indicted the 14 suspected members of the so-called Brower Boys in connection with more than 20 break-ins in Crown Heights.
The NYPD was able to track the suspects movements in part because Officer Michael Rodriguez friended a few of them on Facebook, where the young men, ranging in age from 13 to 19 years old, occasionally boasted and bragged about their crimes, he said.
Commissioner Ray Kelly said the suspects kept close tabs on news headlines and occasionally bickered about what should be posted online.
A 102-page indictment accuses the Brower Boys of stealing mostly electronic equipment, including cameras, laptops, cells phones, and video games. The items were later pawned.
But in one instance four of the teen suspects, including a 13-year-old, tied up a man and a woman in an apartment as they robbed it and then sexually assaulted the woman at gunpoint, police said.