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Police credit Facebook for helping catch Jefferson Hotel theft suspect

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Jul 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-16 15:21:28-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Within one hour of posting his picture on Facebook, Richmond Police said they received a tip that lead to the arrest of a man accused of a $15,000 theft from the Jefferson Hotel.

“A Facebook fan called detectives and identified this person of interest in the theft of several copper planters,” Richmond Police posted on Facebook. “The next day, the man—Brandon R. Slaughter, 26, of Glen Allen—surrendered to police and was charged with grand larceny.”

The Richmond Police Facebook post had more than 100 shares and was seen by more than 16,000 people on Facebook. Richmond Police detectives said this was the first example of a direct link between one of its Facebook posts and an arrest.