Facebook Helps Store Owners and WFPD Solve Theft Case

    When Ken Dowd, co-owner of GlitterBug 'n Bling in Wichita Falls, noticed a group of women stealing from his store, he posted a still image of the crime to Facebook.
    "Within 30 minutes I had their names, addresses, and phone numbers," Dowd says.
    The next day, Dowd turned all the information over to Wichita Falls police.
    "By Thursday of the following week, once the identities of the girls were 100 percent verified, warrants were issued," Dowd says.
    According to an arrest affidavit, warrants were issue for Kristen York and Robin Renee Taylor.
    Taylor was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly attempting to steal from Hobby Lobby.
    She was arrested on theft warrants from both Wichita and Denton counties.
    In this case, the use of social media paid off.
    WFPD Officer Tim Johnson says business owners should always make sure they have the correct information before posting.
    "There could be a civil liability issue that businesses could run into if the information they post is incorrect, or issues of slander or defamation," Officer Johnson says.
    Dowd says he's glad he posted the surveillance image to Facebook and that he'd recommend other businesses doing the same if they're victims of theft.
    "It's not tolerated, I'm not going to tolerate it.  Until a business does something, nothing is going to get done," Dowd says.
    Another local business also had success in using Facebook to solve a theft from their store.
    In January, a sign was stolen from out front "Horsin Around" in Wichita Falls.
    One of the store's Facebook friends found a picture of a young girl holding the sign in the back of a car.
    Hundreds of people re-posted the picture.
    In just five or six hours, the sign was returned.

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