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Social media helps police arrest suspects

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Estevan Police Service members arrested a pair of suspects on Thursday, after police posted photos on Twitter.

The two suspects were wanted in connection with a theft that happened at Cowtown on Wednesday afternoon.

Photos of the suspects were placed on Twitter, and police received tips and a vehicle license plate number. Officers continued to investigate, viewed the video, and were able to identify the man and the woman.

Officers from the police traffic and patrol departments were advised of the suspects' vehicle, names, and descriptions, and a short time later, a traffic officer spotted the vehicle. 

The male and female were arrested and charged for theft under $5,000, and breaching the conditions of their release. 

The property was recovered and returned to the business. 

According to police, since the start-up of their Twitter account in June, their followers have helped them with four crimes that had previously been unsolved.

Police are also investigating a theft from a local clothing store. A person came into the store, took a pair of boots off the shelf, brought them to the counter, provided an old bill of sale, and had the money put onto his card, before leaving the store.

A traffic stop on Thursday led to a person being charged with possession of under 30 grams of marijuana. A male suspect was stopped, and there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He produced an expired licence that allowed him to carry 90 grams. As the licence was expired, he was charged accordingly.

While on patrol, police noticed a vehicle that was stopped at a flashing yellow light. Police demanded a breath sample from the motorist. It was obtained, and the reading was an “F.” Two more samples were obtained. The person was charged with impaired driving and driving while over .08

A male was found behind the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running, his seatbelt on, and the window down. The only problem was that he was asleep. When he was awakened, he said that he was just warming up. A breath demand made. The driver blew an “A,” and a 24-hour suspension was issued.


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