Police bust theft ring selling stolen items on social media site


POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 8:11am

UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 8:14am

Selling stolen goods in person, to pawn shops, is nothing new, but now it seems thieves are doing more business electronically. Na'tassia Finley reports, police are finding more stolen property sales are happening through social media outlets.

Getting quick cash for stolen property is nothing new, some thieves sell right off the streets, others hit up pawn shops, but according to police, thieves are now more than ever taking to social media to advertise their goods.

Just earlier this week Harlingen police arrested a group of six men and women for their alleged involvement in theft, turns out, they were then selling the stolen goods on a sell and trade page set up through Facebook.

Authorities say when they, acting as the buyers, arrived at the agreed meeting place, in uniform, the sellers ran. They however, were caught a short time later and arrested.

Police warn that if you come across your stolen property via a social media site, it's best to report it, rather than try to get the stuff back on your own.

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