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Aurora Police Department Gets Help From Facebook in Burglary

Aurora Police Department Gets Help From Facebook in Burglary

The Illinois-based Aurora Police Department turned to its Facebook community to help catch two alleged criminals, and it worked.

Facebook has become a very useful tool in most law enforcement agencies’ arsenals.

The Aurora Police Department, just west of Chicago, recent used Facebook to apprehend two men who had allegedly damaged a private school, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The Aurora Police Department posted surveillance photos from Aurora Christian School, which was burglarized Dec. 31.

Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said within hours, someone recognized the men and contacted Aurora Area Crime Stoppers with their identities.

Arrested Tuesday were Shawn Lopez and Avery Payne, both 21, of Aurora.

“Aurora Christian burglary solved thanks to you! This could be a record,” the Aurora Police posted on its Facebook page. “One of our Facebook peeps saw yesterday’s post, recognized the individuals, and called Crime Stoppers. By 5:50 p.m. alleged offenders in custody and by midnight, felony charges lodged and stolen property recovered. … Thanks for helping us keep Aurora safe!”

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