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Online mob get it wrong and point finger at innocent man

SMILE, YOU’RE ON CAMERA: CCTV footage of the alleged home robbery at a Frenchville home.
SMILE, YOU’RE ON CAMERA: CCTV footage of the alleged home robbery at a Frenchville home. Contributed

UPDATE: A 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man have been charged in relation to the burglary of a Frenchville home.

Police investigations are continuing.  

EARLIER: CAMERON Craney "nearly had a heart attack" when he came home from work to find his name plastered all over the internet.

"I was definitely shocked," the 19-year-old said yesterday.

"It was so weird."

A Rockhampton man posted photos of alleged thieves entering a Frenchville home to numerous Facebook community pages on Monday.

The posts went viral, with more than 1500 shares. One user posted Cameron's name and photo in the comments section, suggesting he was a suspect.

Cameron said he had no idea this had happened until he finished work.

"I really just wanted to defend myself straight away," he said.

"I felt like they had degraded my character when I had nothing to do with it.

"They even got a photo from my profile and messaged my sister."

While Cameron said some people went too far, he agreed there were positives to posting photos of alleged criminals on Facebook.

"If the situation wasn't on Facebook I wouldn't have been accused and abused, but they might not have found the guys so quickly either - it's 50/50," Cameron said.

However, he warned people to be a little more careful and think about the reputations they may be wrongfully ruining.

Police were yesterday unable to confirm if any arrests had been made or advise what stage the investigation was at.

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