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Crime Trackers: Social media may help in nabbing burglary suspect

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A man takes to social media to find the thief who broke into his house.

Scott Gilliland went on Facebook and NextDoor with home surveillance video of a woman stealing a laptop, camera and a bowl of loose change from his home.  He said she made her way into the house through an unlocked gate, and then used some patio furniture to climb through an unlocked bedroom window.

His posts have lit up the internet.

"I've got over 2,600 shares and the video has 130,000 views on it," he said.

The thief left the house from the side door. She had a bowl of loose change with her. On her way to her car, she dropped it, leaving a trail of coins on the ground.

Also on the video he posted, people have asked him why she came back a second time.  He said she did that to retrieve the empty bowl she left behind not so much to recover the change but to make sure she didn't leave any fingerprints behind.

Three minutes after the woman left, his wife, Meghan, returned home from a doctor’s appointment with their 3-year-old son and discovered the break-in.  Luckily, she had downloaded her family's pictures the night before. 

"Pictures you can't get back and I don't want to miss a whole six months of my kids life all the important events that happened in that time," she said.

Tucson police were called. Since then, Scott posted pictures and video to social media. He has also turned over that information to detectives.

"I'm pretty sure we know the person's name, her phone number, where she lives, that she has a family," said Gilliland. "Almost everything about her I know. How many times she's been arrested in the past.  "

He said he has received hundreds of messages and comments, including one from a neighbor he had never met.

"An officer who lives right down the street. He came to the house today, this morning, just to see if he could help, which was so nice," he said. "He actually helped a lot."

Social media may not always be used for good, but "like" it or not, hopefully it will be keep this thief off the streets.

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