HUBBARD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – The power of social media that helped Hubbard Township Police solve a case from September, practically overnight.
Hubbard Police posted surveillance video to their Facebook page on Wednesday. The video showed three men trying to pry open the door to a trailer at Pyramid Incorporated in early September.
Nothing was taken from the area, but there was damage to the door of the building.
The Facebook post was viewed by more than 20,000 people, shared more than 900 times and generated tips that ultimately led investigators to identify one of the suspects.
Police said almost immediately after the video was posted on social media, suspect Connor Dotson’s father brought him to the police station, where he confessed to being one of the men in the video. The 18 year old who lives in Howland was released from jail on Tuesday on an unrelated burglary charge, according to jail records.
Police said Dotson identified his cousins, Teagan Weinel of Hermitage and Cory Myers of Mansfield, as the other two men in the video.
Hubbard Township Police Patrolman William Greene said he has the department’s Facebook followers to thanks for the quick tips.
“We were having difficulty ID-ing these men, so we decided to put it on Facebook, and it was viewed so many times that all three of them turned themselves in the following morning,” he said.
Investigators say the three 18 year olds were attending a family function nearby, before wandering onto Pyramid’s property, where they damaged a steel man door, broke a few windows and the surveillance camera. Now they could face criminal charges, including vandalism and attempted breaking and entering.
“It was amazing how many people viewed that video, and once again, I want to thank everybody for calling or putting it on Facebook with the names and really resolving the case quickly,” Greene said.