Upset over the number of car break-ins in his neighborhood, a Shakopee, Minn. man decided to set up cameras to keep an eye on the alleged activity, and thanks to Facebook's share potential, he's getting results.
After someone broke into an ice house in his driveway a couple of months ago, Garrett Wosmek put up surveillance cameras outside his family's home, but he never imagined his electronic fishing expedition would help reel in a couple of crooks.
Early Wednesday morning, Wosmek's cameras captured a pair of burglars breaking into his brother's un-locked car, and when Wosmek looked through his footage, he realized two teens had done the same thing the week before, but without any success because all their car doors were locked that night.
"They had picked everything out and were going to open the backpack and dump it in, that's when my brother got home and they left everything, so we got really lucky," he said.
Wosmek posted the video on Facebook where it garnered more than 100,000 views in just 48 hours and helped police identify two of the three burglars. They expected friends and family to see it, but didn't realize Facebook's ability to spread word so fast.
Now, Shakopee police are using Facebook to find the owners of some of the stolen items they've recovered, including a coin purse, a ring and a bong. Investigators are still trying to identify the third burglar in the rash of car break-ins, but Wosmek is thanking social media for a head start, at least.
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