Mike Olsen owns the Waterford gas station where the Friday’s Dog Rescue Foundation jar was stolen. He says the crime was caught on camera.
“As he turned the fella just grabbed it and put it under his shirt,” said Olsen.
Images from the surveillance video were posted on Waterford Police Department’s Facebook page and even though the store clerk didn’t know the suspect apparently others did.
Now a week later the update is posted. A mug shot of the now arrested 34 year old Joseph Tonelli.
“I hate it when people do stuff that’s not right and get away with it. Maybe it will make other people think,” said Olsen.
Waterford police say Facebook has helped them solve several larceny and motor vehicle crimes.
People share the posts which have helped catch some suspects in a recent rash of Ulta store thefts others though are still out there.
“The more eyes you have the better off you are and I think that this tool has allowed us to solve more crimes,” said Lt. Bellos. “I think some of them probably would have never got solved.”
Social media may help with the initial identification but police did their due diligence that’s how they found out the suspect was also wanted on two warrants.