Dustin Burns of Springfield, who was on probation for violating a restraining order, was jailed and charged with felony tampering with electronic monitoring equipment after he posted a Facebook video showing, “This is how you take an ankle bracelet off — without breaking the circuit,”
A Missouri man is behind bars after authorities say he removed his ankle monitor and posted a four-minute video of the stunt on Facebook, providing an online how-to lesson for others, reports the Kansas City Star. Court records said Dustin Burns, a 33-year-old Springfield, Mo., man on probation for violating a restraining order, was charged with felony tampering with electronic monitoring equipment. “This is how you take an ankle bracelet off — without breaking the circuit,” a man who is apparently Burns says in the Facebook video, which has been viewed more than 1,000 times.
As the video is recorded, the man wearing the ankle monitor uses a butter knife to fiddle with the large black device around his ankle. Eventually he switches to a utility tool that includes a screwdriver, video shows. Along with the video is a descriptive caption: “Today’s lesson how to remove a GPS tracking bracelet without stopping the circuit…encase anyone was curious.” The man offers a few tips as he works on freeing himself from the monitor. “Don’t damage it, so you won’t owe f—–g thousands of dollars,” the man advises. At the end of the video, the man holds up the ankle bracelet that has been successfully removed.