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Victims turn to social media to catch criminals

Posted at 7:20 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 22:20:28-05

Many people find themselves victims of burglary, theft, and other crime, especially during the holiday season.  Now, more and more of those victims are turning to social media to help solve those crimes.  

Judy Jarrett of northwest Las Vegas was a victim of property theft.  She posted her surveillance video to social media, and it has already received thousands of views.  

"I wanted everyone to be aware, and to look for these kids," says Jarrett.  "If they see these kids, maybe call police or just be aware that they're out stealing people's properties, it's ridiculous."  

She's not the only one hoping the power of social media could help catch a criminal.  Kristy Ashlock lives in California, and was visiting Las Vegas on a much needed vacation, after being a surrogate mother for a family that couldn't get pregnant.  During her visit, her purse was stolen, and just like Jarrett, she turned to social media hoping somebody might know what police don't.  

"They told me they're inundated with these cases," says Ashlock.  "They have so many identity theft cases that they're overwhelmed with them."  

If you recognize any of the people in the surveillance footage you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.