A Texas man suspected of committing multiple burglaries thought it’d be a good idea last Monday to taunt the police on their Facebook page -- and it led to his prompt arrest.
Rosenberg, Texas, officials last week arrested Damian Lozano in connection to 17 vehicle break-ins, KTBC-TV reported. Damian’s brother, Rolando Lozano, who police believed at the time was also involved in the break-ins, remained at large.
So the Rosenberg Police Department posted a wanted notice Monday to their official Facebook page. That’s when they caught a break.
Amazingly enough, Rolando Lozano replied to the Facebook post by writing, “F**k all yall [sic] hoes, im [sic] innocent, catch me if u can muthusuckas.”
Rosenberg police accepted Rolando’s challenge, found him hiding out at a family member’s house, arrested him and reportedly had him booked and cuffed in less than 15 minutes.
Fifteen minutes. They later posted the following photo to their Facebook page:
"I wish things could be that easy all the time," Detective Chris Juusola, who monitors the department’s Facebook page, told KTBC-TV this week.
"People brag on Facebook all the time about what they do. We've actually solved a lot of cases by using Facebook and Twitter and other social media," Juusola said.
Juusola also monitors sales group websites to see if suspected criminals are offloading stolen goods. And he's not alone. Many police departments do this.
"We like [the sites] because obviously there's a person tied to the item so it's not that hard to figure out who's posting the item," said Juusola. "So if we actually see an item that we recognize by a victim as having a descriptive feature about it we could actually tie it back to the person and the victim and help them get their property back."
He added that law enforcement officials definitely monitor suspects’ social media pages.
"Sometimes they'll post on Twitter they just ‘hit a lick’ which is slang for we just did a burglary," said Juusola. "I have confronted people about their Facebook and Twitter posts before and they usually try to explain their way out of it."
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