Columbia police use social media to solve cases

Columbia police Facebook page

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two cases in Columbia were solved in two weeks thanks to social media.

Citizens on the police department’s Facebook page located a stolen vehicle last week and identified an alleged shop lifter Thursday.

The first crime occurred on Monday, March 9 when a Dodge Magnum was stolen in the area. Police had few clues to go on, so they put a picture of the vehicle on Facebook and to see if Columbia citizens had any details.

“Once we put this up on Facebook we immediately started getting tips saying, ‘Hey, I’ve seen a car like this and this type of suspect was driving it at this time,’” explained Joey Gideon with the Columbia Police Department.

Officers recovered vehicle that same day. They also posted a wanted poster for the alleged car thief, Octavius Gillespie.

On Wednesday, police received clues about another case after they shared surveillance footage of a woman stealing from a Dollar General store on their Facebook page.

Within 24 hours, police identified the woman as Tracy Walls.

Gideon told News 2 the tips they receive on social media continue to pan out. To check out Columbia police’s Facebook page, click here.

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