The police do not use social media, right? Wrong!
The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office in Maine, USA, has a Facebook page & is very active on it. It used it on February 2015 to ask the public for help with 24-year-old Christopher Wallace.
On Jan 15 a propane cook stove and a cast iron wood stove were stolen from a forest camp. Whilst investigating an unrelated theft of fuel, Forest Ranger Shane Nichols discovered that a nearby game camera had compromising pictures of Wallace that linked him to the stove thefts. Ranger Nichols informed the sheriff’s office, who then obtained a warrant to investigate Wallace’s home. Sure enough, the officers found the stoves, but not Wallace.
At the end of February the Sheriff’s Office again asked for help via Facebook in apprehending Wallace. Wallace then made his second dumb move: he used Snapchat to post that he was at his house in Fairfield. Members of the public read both messages & contacted the Sherrifs last Sunday 22 March. They sent two officers, plus two more from the Fairfield Police Department. A Ms Erika Hall let the officers into the house but said no, Wallace was not in the house and no, she had no idea where he was and no, she had not seen him ‘for weeks’. Meanwhile, Wallace was hiding in a cabinet. The officers searched all over the house but could not discover him.
Wallace now made his third & final dumb move: he used SnapChat to say hey! the police are searching my house but hey! they do not realise that I’m hiding in a cabinet. Now, hey! the sheriff’s office telephone began to ring again. Later, the sheriffs posted on FaceBook:-
A search of the kitchen cabinets turned up some food, some pots and pans, and also a pair of feet. The pair of feet just so happened to be attached to a person, and that person was Christopher Wallace. He was removed from the cabinet, and placed under arrest.
Whoops. Ms Hall was also arrested.
--------- Alex Kemp