Anti-Crime Web Page Aids In Police Arrest

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Fri, December 7 2012 at 6:16 PM, Updated: Fri, December 7 2012 at 6:40 PM

Using information from the anti-crime Facebook page, 'To Catch A Thief' police were arrested a known criminal.


The curator, Carol Dickson started the page, 'To Catch A Thief' after thieves near her Cave Junction home stole a backhoe tractor from a property where the owner had passed away. At first, it was only locals who used it but since the story broke about police using the page to aid their investigation, Dickson says people from around the world have joined the online group.

Dickson collects information from public information sites. Anyone who's suspected of drug, theft or other criminal charges/convictions she posts online as a way to inform people. Since federal timber payments have diminished, Josephine County law enforcement has taken a nosedive. Dickson says criminals have been known to flock to rural areas like Cave Junction after committing offenses in other place like Grants Pass or in Jackson County.

"This is a tool for them (police) to use." Carol, says she's happy that what she's done is making a difference.

Here's the link to her page.

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