Facebook group helps cops snare crook

Basildon Recorder: Facebook group helps cops snare crook Facebook group helps cops snare crook

A FACEBOOK group - which allows people to share their memories of Basildon - help police snare a burglar within hours of committing his crime.


The Basildon Memories Facebook group was set up on the social networking site last year by 44-year-old Ian Clarke.


It allows people to share memories and photographs of Basildon’s bygone days and has 4,000 members.


But the group found themselves acting as detectives, when one member posted a CCTV image of the man who broke into her garage.


The woman, who lives in Wood Green, Basildon, was distraught to return to her home on Tuesday November 20 to find her garage had been broken into. More heartbreakingly the crooks had stolen her grandson’s scooter worth £400.


But, determined to help police snare the thief, the woman posted images of the man - captured on CCTV - brazenly walking away with the scooter on the Basildon Memories Facebook page.


Within minutes other members of the group had positively identified him and he was arrested that night.


Edward Goble, 28 of Cockerell Close, Basildon was even arrested wearing the same clothes as he had on when he committed the offence.


He was charged with burglary and appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court two days later where he admitted a charge of burglary.


In the wake of the swift justice Basildon Memories’ founder Ian Clarke, 44 of Rayleigh Drive, Basildon, praised his members for helping bring the crook to justice.


He said: “The group is like one big family and it is this type of family-orientated thinking that got the members to stick together and name this offender.


“A year on from setting up this page and we now have over 4,000 members.


“I love running this group. People often thank me for rekindling their youth, I reply that all I have done is provided a platform.

“It's the wonderful members that have made this place a success and I cannot thank the kind contributions of stories and pictures they share.”


Goble was released on bail and will return to Basildon Magistrates’ Court next month for sentence.

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2:14pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Trainman says...

Well done to the group. Perhaps you can claim payment for doing the cops work for them?
Well done to the group. Perhaps you can claim payment for doing the cops work for them? Trainman

3:24pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

this oik probably saw the stuff when the garage door was open and he happened to be walking past. It's about a three hundred yard walk between the two roads via a footpath so he didn't need to drive the 'long way round'.
this oik probably saw the stuff when the garage door was open and he happened to be walking past. It's about a three hundred yard walk between the two roads via a footpath so he didn't need to drive the 'long way round'. Eric Whim

4:32pm Fri 30 Nov 12

crunch29 says...

"More heartbreakingly the crooks had stolen her grandson’s scooter worth £400."

The scooter in the CCTV image does not look like it is worth £400 to me?
"More heartbreakingly the crooks had stolen her grandson’s scooter worth £400." The scooter in the CCTV image does not look like it is worth £400 to me? crunch29

4:59pm Fri 30 Nov 12

SpiffSpaffington1984 says...

thieving little mug
thieving little mug SpiffSpaffington1984

7:04pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Devils Advocate says...

This must be just what Cameron meant when he said how he was going to sort out the law and order. Sack 80% of the police and get the people fully trained as detectives....... (acting unpaid!)
This must be just what Cameron meant when he said how he was going to sort out the law and order. Sack 80% of the police and get the people fully trained as detectives....... (acting unpaid!) Devils Advocate

7:52pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Steve H says...

Shame the owner of the car has been targeted. It wasn't made clear on Facebook that the car wasn't involved.

Is good that the scum has been caught, it's a shame others have been hurt in the process.

Think before you post.
Shame the owner of the car has been targeted. It wasn't made clear on Facebook that the car wasn't involved. Is good that the scum has been caught, it's a shame others have been hurt in the process. Think before you post. Steve H

8:31am Sat 1 Dec 12

EssexPerson says...

£400 for a scooter - wowzers!
£400 for a scooter - wowzers! EssexPerson

3:57am Sun 2 Dec 12

Spyglass says...

So, facebook is useful for something
So, facebook is useful for something Spyglass

10:09pm Sun 2 Dec 12

listen2me says...

Steve H wrote:
Shame the owner of the car has been targeted. It wasn't made clear on Facebook that the car wasn't involved.

Is good that the scum has been caught, it's a shame others have been hurt in the process.

Think before you post.
Hi, Sorry to say but the owner of the car is actually the victim of the crime and therefore wasn't targeted. This was mentioned in the posts on my Basildon Memories Groups page.
regards
Ian Clarke
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: Shame the owner of the car has been targeted. It wasn't made clear on Facebook that the car wasn't involved. Is good that the scum has been caught, it's a shame others have been hurt in the process. Think before you post.[/p][/quote]Hi, Sorry to say but the owner of the car is actually the victim of the crime and therefore wasn't targeted. This was mentioned in the posts on my Basildon Memories Groups page. regards Ian Clarke listen2me

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