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Cops use social media to catch alleged thief
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BOUNTIFUL — Within a day of publicizing the photo of an alleged retail thief on social media accounts, police caught and arrested the man in question.

The man who allegedly stole miscellaneous items from the Smith’s Marketplace, 555S. 200 West, Sunday afternoon. The 31-year-old was caught after a tip from a citizen. His name was not released.

Syracuse police took him into custody for alleged parole violations and he was booked into the Davis County Jail, according to a post by the department. The man is being screened for one charge of retail theft, a third-degree felony.

“The suspect loaded up a car and as he was attempting to leave, the store’s lost prevention specialist (store security) followed him into the parking lot,” said Bountiful Police Lt. Jon Purcell.  The theft happened about 1 p.m.

The security officer got a photo of the suspect with his cell phone and the police posted it on their Facebook page. 

“The picture is good and clear, especially showing the suspect’s tattoo,” Purcell said.

Bountiful police have a good working relationship with store security at Smith’s Marketplace, Purcell said. Smith’s corporate policy doesn’t allow for store employees to engage alleged shoplifters physically, so while watching a suspect, the store’s security personnel will call police and ask for assistance, explaining why they believe the person may be shoplifting.

The man was arrested Monday, according to the department’s Twitter feed.

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