Investigators turn to Facebook to solve crime

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Laurel County Deputies were on the lookout for a man in Laurel County who tried to con a convenience store. According to the North Laurel BP, this man seen in their security videos, from Saturday, told the clerk he was working for a nearby company and forgot his wallet. He didn't work for who he claimed, and he also didn't pay.

"I guess this individual just thought he'd kind of outsmart the system and not pay for his [gas] and put it on a charge account that wasn't real," stated Sheriff John Root.

The alert clerk wrote down the license plate on the truck before the man was able to drive away, only the plate was stolen and ended up being a dead end for investigators.

The man also was careful to keep his hat and sunglasses on, said Sheriff Root, "He was trying to definitely disguise his appearance."

So the deputies turned to a tool that almost everyone is familiar with, Facebook. Within hours of posting the man's picture, the deputies got a tip that his name is Jimmy Mullins. Deputies say the information also lead them right to Mullins' location where he was found wearing the same hat and sunglasses.

Mullins is charged with theft of a registration plate and theft by deception.

"The social media for this department, specifically, it works," claimed Sheriff Root, adding his thanks saying, "We may have broke it [the case] later down the road but Deputy Sizemore developed the case yesterday and made an arrest today and it was with their [the public's] help."

The Sheriff's Department says they hope this trend of catching crooks with the help of Facebook continues.


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