Police officers near Houston got a nice surprise when a burglar chose to use the department's Facebook page to brag about his crime. It ended with the ultimate arrest and proof that monitoring social media is a must for officers these days.
Last Monday, Rosenberg police posted a burglary notice on the department's Facebook page.
It states that Damian Lozano and Rolando Lozano are wanted for 17 vehicle break-ins.
Rolando replied to the post saying, "...I'm innocent, catch me if u can..." he also calls the police some choice words.
The next post has more photos of Rolando. He's in handcuffs. It's titled "request granted" and says not 15 minutes after Rolando taunted law enforcement, officers found him hiding out at a family member's home and arrested him.
"I wish things could be that easy all the time," said APD Detective Chris Juusola.
Detective Chris Juusola runs a Facebook page for APD's Burglary Unit.
"People brag on Facebook all the time about what they do. We've actually solved a lot of cases by using Facebook and Twitter and other social media," Juusola said.
Juusola's hopes his next arrest is a man wanted for breaking into a house north of the UT campus on October 28th while a woman was sleeping inside. Juusola says the man stole the victim's credit card and keys then drove off in her car.
On Monday, Juusola posted surveillance video of the suspect and the car he was seen driving.
Juusola isn't just going to wait for tips to come in. He routinely checks sales group sites where thieves are known to try and turn a profit from stolen items.
"We like [the sites] because obviously there's a person tied to the item so it's not that hard to figure out who's posting the item," said Juusola. "So if we actually see an item that we recognize by a victim as having a descriptive feature about it we could actually tie it back to the person and the victim and help them get their property back."
If officers have a suspect's name they do some prying on that person's social media.
"Sometimes they'll post on Twitter they just "hit a lick" which is slang for we just did a burglary," said Juusola. "I have confronted people about their Facebook and Twitter posts before and they usually try to explain their way out of it."
But there is no way of getting out of "catch me if you can."
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