Social media helps nab suspect in Oxford

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OXFORD, Miss. -- A North Mississippi city is tackling crime by using social media.

Arthur Carrothers was arrested, accused of taking money from the Lafayette and Oxford Public Library.

Police said he only got away with $30, but the real money shot were the photos taken from inside the building itself the night of the incident.

Oxford Police posted those surveillance pictures to Facebook.

"We've had tremendous success with someone knowing," said a spokesperson with the Oxford Police Department.

In this case, it wasn't the public who came forward with information.

Officers said the suspect called police on himself.

"Hey I saw my picture on Facebook and I need to come turn myself in," said Carrothers.

It's an example of how Oxford Police are relying heavily on social media to fight crime.

"Then they retweet or they share those things and it goes out there so more people can see."

A string of more than 20 burglaries came to an end and led to at least six arrests thanks to social media.

"We're just not going to tolerate it. We're not going to just turn aside and say it's not a big deal. It's a big deal to someone and if it's a big deal to someone then it's got to be a big deal for us,"

When it comes to social media, Oxford Police said they learn from other departments and other departments learn from them in order to put a stop to crime


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