Monroe police said Facebook helped them catch a shoplifter, and they think it’s the first time social media has been used in the city to catch a criminal.
The surveillance video shows a blonde-haired woman inside Renn’s Nest Clothing and Jewelry in Monroe. She tries on a ring and then walks away.
Owner Renn Farmer said the woman had visited the store several times. This week, the store manager found a bracelet missing after the woman left.
“She thought she may have done it by accident, and she went outside to tell her, ‘You still have that bracelet on.’ Then she denied it and said, ‘Good luck finding it,’” Farmer said.
So Farmer and her manager went back inside the store and checked their newly-installed surveillance camera.
“She had a satchel on and she would just lift it nonchalantly and put it into her bag. And so, after she denied it, we went back and saw that, and we had no idea who she was,” Farmer said.
So they saved several of their surveillance pictures and posted them to the boutique’s Facebook page with a caption that read, “Reward on any information concerning the identity of this woman.”
Within minutes, people noticed the pictures and commented on the crime.
“Probably within an hour I had an inbox (message) from a girl who said she knew who she was,” Farmer said.
Less than 24 hours later, Monroe police had arrested the woman, identified as Jamie Woodson.
To show her appreciation for the people who stepped forward and helped catch a suspected shoplifter, Farmer made an offer to the store's fans on Facebook – anyone who says “busted” when they enter the store will get a discount.
To see the Facebook post on the store’s page, click here.