Social media is moving beyond a platform for posting selfies. More and more, sites like Facebook are turning into a rogue gallery of criminals caught in the act.
The burglary happened early Thursday morning at Jay Egge Automatic Service. Someone stole cash and coins during the break-in that lasted just a few minutes. But it’s been captured forever on surveillance, and social media.
The Jay Egge staff figures the burglar broke through a barred window in the back of the shop.
“It was about a 10-inch by 10-inch area that he snuck through,” Joe Egge said.
PERRY GROTEN: So that tells you what?
“A skinny little guy,” Egge said.
Surveillance cameras were rolling as the burglar walked through the shop.
“Within two minutes, he was in the office going through file cabinets and the cash register,” Egge said.
The Egges discovered the burglary when they showed up to work Thursday morning.
“When you walk in the morning, you figure it’s just another morning in your life and within minutes, you realize that somebody’s violated your common grounds, and you take it personally,” Todd Egge said.
Joe Egge posted the surveillance pictures on the shop’s Facebook page. The photos have generated thousands of hits and plenty of comments.
“Here’s a good one. He got away with a bag of quarters and this guy says maybe the bag of quarters was the only thing he could carry. It’s not like he could carry a transmission,” Joe Egge said.
The shop hopes the photos will generate leads in the case. But the owner is also encouraged by all the social media support.
“That gives you a good feeling that what’s going on, there’s people on your side,” Todd Egge said.
PERRY GROTEN: The Egges installed surveillance cameras throughout the shop earlier this year. And following the break-in, they say it’s been a very worthwhile investment.
“If I was this fellow, I think I’d be a little nervous,” Todd Egge said.
The Egges have been working with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department since the break-in, turning over more surveillance evidence to investigators on Friday.