Facebook helps nab gun burglary suspect in 1 hour

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OREM, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Orem police nabbed a man accused of stealing guns just an hour after posting a photo of the suspect on social media. 

Security cameras captured photos of a man breaking into Ready Gunner early Thursday morning. 

“He smashed through the glass, grabbed a couple hand guns and some ammo and made off,” Ready Gunner Store Manager Willow Ludlow said.

Orem detectives didn’t have any leads when they used their not-so-secret weapon: Facebook.

At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, suspect photos went online with captions pointing out the suspect’s “breakfast of champions,” “snapback cap” and sweat pants perfect for making a run from the police. 

The post made it to 65,000 news feeds and was shared more than 500 times.

A Facebook tipster, who police want keep anonymous, called 911 after her husband spotted the suspect near the scene of the crime.

By 10:30 p.m., Cameron Jarvis, 23, was arrested and faces two felonies for the gun thefts and a burglary charge. 

“I love it. Honestly, I didn’t think I could give back to my community on Facebook. So that’s good,” the Facebook tipster said.

“You look at a burglary case like this and you look at the man hours we would have spent looking for this guy, they would be in the hundreds. You think about the cost of that. Whereas, here we have a case where we’ve identified within an hour,” Orem Police Chief Gary Giles said.

“We were expecting it to take quite some time. Orem PD is awesome,” Ludlow said.

Ludlow said he’s thankful  the suspect was arrested without incident, adding he easily could have pulled out a gun on the officers. 

The two stolen weapons have not been found. 


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