Deputies arrest suspect with Facebook's help

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It's one of the most popular social networking sites in the world.  And now Facebook is also a crime fighting tool for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies nabbed 40-year-old Charles Findley of Hueytown with Facebook's help. For more than a year, Findley had eluded authorities with burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property charges.  All ended Thursday afternoon when deputies posted Findley's picture on its Facebook page. And within 45 minutes, a tipster called with the suspect's location. A short time later, deputies arrested him and put him behind bars.

"When we profile them on there, we want them," said Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale.  "We just don't put little charges.  We really want those folks off the street."

Most citizens on the street were impressed at how quickly the site worked.

"I think that's good, real good that people are concerned about their well being out there," said Aroniray Canada.  Jennifer Hardgrave agrees, "It's good especially if it's a sexual predator or something like that," she said.

Sheriff Hale says he's not surprised the site worked.  "Instead of having just 513 deputies and police looking, now we know we have 2,300. I call them my special deputies on Facebook."

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