Social Media Helps TTPD Solve Theft From McDonald’s Employee


Texarkana, Texas ~ Texarkana Texas Police used social media to solve a recent theft case where money was stolen from a McDonalds employee’s wallet last week. Since posting the story on their Facebook page last Friday afternoon, the post has been shared over 2,000 times and viewed by 130,000 people.


On March 15, a McDonalds employee went on break and accidently left her purse laying the counter by the register.  Shortly afterwards, two women walked up to the counter with several children to place an order.  One of the women saw the purse laying there and removed a wallet from it.  She took $60 from the wallet and then put it back in the purse.  It was only after the employee realized later that her money was missing and employees reviewed the surveillance video that they found out what happened.  They immediately reported the theft to the police department.


It was later learned that the suspect lived in Dallas and was only in Texarkana for the day to visit someone.  After she saw her picture on Facebook, she contacted the McDonalds restaurant and offered to return the money to the employee.


“Because the suspect lived in Dallas and was presumably in Texarkana for only a day, it is unlikely that we would have ever been able to identify this woman – let alone help the victim get her money back – without social media.  Traditional law enforcement methods would have never worked in this case.  We are very grateful for everyone who took the time to view and share the post.”, said Shawn Vaughn, who manages the department’s social media efforts.

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