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Facebook use helps in felony shoplifting arrests
Darrel James Collins Jr.

    Yet again, Facebook helped Bulloch County sheriff’s investigators solve a crime and put offenders behind bars.
    After a shoplifting incident July 23 at Agri Supply on Coley Boyd Road, investigators posted a “BOLO,” or “be on the lookout,” on the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.
    Tips came flooding in, including one with valuable information from a person in Oklahoma, he said.
    The felony shoplifting incident involved two men and a woman with a small child. Store surveillance video caught the suspects on camera, and when the images were shared on Facebook, people recognized the trio, he said.
    Darrel James Collins Jr., 24, of South Kennedy Street in Metter, was charged with felony theft by shoplifting and theft by deception. Alicia Nicole Mixon, 28, of St. Matthews Church Road in Metter, is charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property, theft by deception and obstruction. The other man identified in the video footage was interviewed but not charged, Anderson said.
    “Approximately $2,000 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered from area pawn shops and returned,” he said.
    Thanking the public as well as the Candler County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson said the case closure is “yet another example of the power of social media to aid in the solving of crimes.”
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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