Police credit Facebook in solving crime

February 18, 2009 8:58:23 AM PST
Three weeks after setting up a page on Facebook, a central Maine police department is crediting the social networking Web site with helping solve a vandalism case.

Auburn police say three teenagers broke into the spa last week at a Hilton Garden Inn. The teens ripped off wall tiles and threw them into the spa and hallway, causing about $1,000 in damages.

Police posted images from the hotel's surveillance video on the department's Facebook page, which they had set up Jan. 29.

Detectives then received several anonymous tips from Facebook users who recognized the boys.

Police have charged three boys, ages 15 and 16, with burglary and criminal mischief.

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