State Police Use Social Media to Arrest Reckless Motorcycle Operator NEW HAVEN, CT (April 28, 2016): Law enforcement personnel throughout the state have been receiving frequent complaints from citizens about reckless motorcycle and ATV riders on our highways and local roads. Unfortunately, many times the offenders are gone before the Troopers arrive on scene. However, Troopers are now using social media to identify these operators who endanger the lives of other drivers.
In November 2015, Troopers initiated an investigation into these dangerous operators in the New Haven area. Troopers were able to locate an Instagram account “Reckless_203” which contained a large number of videos showing reckless operation of motorcycles, 4-wheelers and dirt bikes. Using landmarks, Troopers were able to identify several locations where violations occurred from the City of Bridgeport to the City of East Haven on I-95 and I-91.
A search warrant for the Instagram account was applied for and granted by New Haven Superior Court. Upon serving the search warrant, a large amount of digital evidence was seized and analyzed. Through investigative efforts and digital evidence, Troopers were able to identify one of the operators/ owner of the Instagram account. On April 28, 2016 the accused, Gabriel Canestri Jr. (DOB: 3/3/95) was taken into custody and processed at Troop G.
Arrestee: Gabriel Canestri Jr. (DOB: 3/3/95) 153 Forbes Avenue, New Haven, CT 06512
Charges: Reckless Endangerment (15 counts) Reckless Driving (23 counts) Operating a Motorcycle w/o Face Protection (24 counts) Misuse of Registration Plate (1 count)
Bond: $50,000 Court Date: 4/28/16 at New Haven Superior Court