Facebook Photo of Burglar Goes Viral

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY --- A Cheektowaga home was burglarized on Thursday, and the suspect got away with electronics, valuables and jewelry. The surveillance video shows the suspect grab and rip out the surveillance camera that was mounted in the living room of the home.

"I'm just listening to it and I hear windows shattering and stuff," Chris Castleman said. "I'm just like unbelievable."

Chris Castleman is the resident of that home and is still in disbelief. He tells 2 on your side he was a thousand miles away on a trip in Disneyworld when his home was burglarized. Castleman's security system notified him.

"The sentimental stuff is the worst, all that other stuff you can replace."

To spread the word about the burglary, Castleman posted a picture on Facebook of the suspect going straight for the camera. The picture went viral and Castleman said he wouldn't be surprised if all of Western New York has seen the photo.

The number of likes and shares is not only a way everyday people get information out, but its' a way police departments and authorities are too.

Cheektowaga Police Department later put the pictures on its Facebook page that's filled with posts about copper thefts and break-ins as well as travel advisory updates. Police Departments around Western New York are finding social media to be an everyday tool, Amherst Police Chief John Askey said.

The Amherst Police Department has a social media team made up of several officers who check twitter and Facebook, while keeping the departments account updated.

Social media profiles are also used to find potential suspects.

"If it's open public information and they're going looking to see if suspects are posting information about crimes or in some cases are displaying evidence of crime, weapons, things of that nature."

While the number of shares and likes continue to grow for this suspect who got away, Chris hopes he's only a click away from finding him.

"Hopefully there is a happy ending to this story and we can get our stuff back."


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