Social Media helps nab offender

A Facebook post helped Police identify and locate an offender who stole a vehicle from an Otaua property.

The vehicle was taken from the rural property over Guy Fawkes weekend. After lodging the theft with Police, the complainant also placed a post on Social Media, which happened to identify a key witness to the event.

The information provided led local Police to a property in Awhitu, and on Thursday 9 November, a 24 year old male was arrested and charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

“Always report matters to Police first and if you do use social media, let the Police know any information you receive. Don’t act upon it yourself, leave that to Police,” said Waiuku Sergeant Graeme Wood.

“This can be done by either contacting your local station or the Crimestoppers Anonymous line 0800 555 111. While I am not a fan of social media, it did help to solve this case and recover a stolen vehicle, which is a great result.”

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