Social Media Tips Help Catch a Bank Robber in Hagerstown


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It's a simple way to keep up with friends and family but a few clicks of a mouse are also helping police find criminals.

"We've been successful in the past with getting a pretty quick response from the public for people we're looking for in a crimes. And so that is why we pushed that information out as soon as we could," said Sgt. John Leham, Hagerstown Police Department.

On Tuesday, investigators posted two surveillance photos on their Facebook page asking the community for tips and within hours the tips starting coming in identifying Wesley Green of Boonsboro as the suspect.

"As a matter of fact, we were still at the bank processing the scene when we started receiving tips from the community," said Lehman.

"I've said it over and over that this community what's unique about Hagestown is the community gets involved, they get involved with what’s going on and and social media is an easy way to do that," said Chief Mark Holtzman, Hagerstown Police Department.

All the tips lead police the Model 6 on Massey Blvd. where Green was arrested and all the stolen money was found. And all within hours of the inital robbery.

Chief Holtzman said social media is another tool they're using to engage the public and solve crimes.

"In years past it would be a phone call to the police station and now just the ease of social media is important to us," said Holtzman. "We're seeing that and we're trying to expand on that as much as we can. I think the more we use it the more progress and the more success stories we'll have."

Green has been charged with robbery and felony theft.

Police want to remind the community that they don't have the resources to monitor the Facebook page constantly and ask that you call in case of an emergency or with tips.

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