Published: May 25, 2011 4:53 PM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2011 4:53 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Boulder woman says her savvy social media skills are what reunited her with a stolen bike.

The Daily Camera reports 30-year-old Elaine Ellis returned home Saturday morning to find that her bike lock had been ripped out of a brick wall and her $500 bike missing.

She quickly tweeted news of her missing cycle and included a cell phone photo a neighbor took of the thief as the crime was happening.

Ellis is a social media manager at a local crowdsourcing firm and has more than 3,000 followers.

Less than five hours after she sent out the tweet, one of her Twitter followers spotted the thief and informed police.

Officers arrested 41-year-old David Carroll Oldham on suspicion of theft.

Phone numbers for Oldham were disconnected.

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