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Carnegie using Facebook to help solve crimes

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Carnegie Police Department is using its new Facebook page not just to keep the community informed but to help solve crimes.

The Facebook page has been active for less than two months but police Chief Jeffrey Kennedy said, in two instances, officers have used it to identify suspects.

“It's come up as a handy tool for us,” he said.

Kennedy said the Facebook page is something he has wanted to implement since becoming the borough's police chief in late summer.

“I decided that a good way to let the public know what's going on was to start a Facebook page,” he said.

The Facebook page has helped the department identify suspects in two separate thefts through still pictures from security cameras where the crimes occurred. Charges have been filed against both suspects.

“We had the picture but no ID,” he said. “We put it on Facebook and said, ‘This person was involved in a theft. Can anybody identify this person?' Within three or four hours, two different sources had sent us messages.”

He said in one instance, the person who identified the suspect was not even from Carnegie.

“That's how it works,” he said. “I might watch the news, but the younger generation is always on Facebook, always have their phones out.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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