Police use Facebook selfies to track down suspected felon

A woman accused of shoplifting in North Texas turned herself in after police used her own social media posts to track her down.

According to the Kaufman Police, when Ms. Boulter was caught shoplifting on July 3 at a Walmart, she fled the store with her 5-year-old daughter in tow. Police say once she was in her car, she almost ran over the store security officer that was trying to stop her.

Boulter then led the police on a high speed chase, eventually escaping.

Kaufman Police Captain Ed Black and team turned to social media to find Boulter.  Sensing they had found the right person, they used her multiple selfie photos to publish a “wanted” post on Facebook.

Black told local reporters that posting the pictures “put pressure on everybody she knew.”

According to Black, after police shared Boulter’s selfies on Facebook, everybody she knew was calling her and saying to contact the police and turn herself in.  After 10-days, she finally gave up and contacted the police with her identity and location.

“Social media is the most powerful tool out there right now. I can’t think of anything, as far as law-enforcement, any other tool that works as well as social media,” Black said.

Black says that because of Boulter’s determined efforts to avoid a shoplifting charge, she’s now facing multiple felony counts of child endangerment, evading arrest and aggravated robbery.

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