|Published:||Feb 26, 2014 8:36 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 26, 2014 10:56 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "The good thing is, you know, is social media has become the information highway for everybody."
And for the Collier County Sheriff's Office it's a tool to close cases.
"We're able to reach out to the community," said Cpl. Efrain Hernandez with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
It was the community's help that led to a major break in a year old robbery case. Detectives posted these pictures online which show the suspect walking into a Walgreens on Airport Pulling Road in Naples. You can even see the man's tattoos. Deputies said he demanded cash from the clerk, telling the employee he had a weapon, and he got away with cash.
"No sooner than we put it on Facebook, someone called and provided information which led to an arrest of the suspect," said Cpl. Hernandez.
45 year old Michael Gary Brown was arrested Wednesday after someone recognized him in the photos and called Crimestoppers.
"Someone might see something that as soon as we post it, might call in and assist us with an arrest, rescuing somebody, or finding somebody thats missing," said Cpl. Hernandez.
"It has definitely given us more tools to use in our cases," said Private Investigator Carrie Kerskie.
Private Investigator Carrie Kerskie said Facebook is one of the first things she checks when looking into a case.
"It allows us to have access to information much quicker than we used to in the past," said Kerskie.
"It's the way of the future," said Cpl. Hernandez.
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