Facebook Nabs Pothead Thief
The buzz around social media is that it connects people. In some cases, it connects bad people to things that they did that were against the law.
In the case of a Boston man who broke into a head shop, Facebook was the social network that connected him to police.
The store owner turned to Facebook where he posted a surveillance video of the suspect, and his partner, who were seen grabbing a $4,000 glass tube (bong) without even noticing the camera right in front of his face.
Both the suspects ransacked the glass art shop on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston, a neighborhood of Boston, during which they stole and broke thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.
Daniel Lawton, the owner of the store, posted the surveillance video on his businesses' Facebook page in hopes of catching the criminals.
"We use public humiliation to get back at kids," Lawton told WHDH-TV.
Within days, according to the report, the video had 6,000 views. The store’s online community recognized the thief and police made an arrest soon after.
The only suspect who has been identified has been charged with breaking and entering, malicious destruction of prop and larceny.
They are still working to identify the second person.