A man in Texas combined his surveillance camera and Facebook to get back his stolen package. Jeff Turner saw the thief take the package that had been delivered by FedEx from his porch. It contained a Houston Rockets sweater meant for his son. But, the camera showed a person with a pulled-up sweatshirt grabbing the package and taking off with it. He later told ABC News, “The more I thought about it, the kind of madder I got.”
Turner, using his resourcefulness and Facebook, turned to the social network. He posted screenshots of his surveillance camera footage and asked if anyone recognized the suspect. He didn’t have to wait long for a response. Someone did identify the miscreant as an 11 or 12 year old who lived near Turner in Harris County.
It turned out that the boy had been mowing a lawn at a house close to Turner’s and the kid decided to help himself. Turner’s neighbor informed him of the kid’s next movements. “He says he bolted off on his bike a little while ago — the kid that did it — but he left the sweater here, so we do have our product back.”
Turner said he wouldn’t be informing the authorities but added that he wouldn’t be so forgiving next time. So, here’s a case where Facebook and your surveillance camera can be your friends and save you having to replace a stolen gift.
I love a happy ending.