Using Facebook

The use of social media could have been a factor in the Vandalia Police Department taking someone into custody a short time after receiving a report of vandalism.
At 8:34 a.m. on Friday, police received a report of a 1978 Vandalia Park District truck parked at the district garage had been damaged.
Police reported that the windshield of the truck had been cracked and that both taillights had been busted out.
The VPD posted the case on its Facebook page by 10 a.m. on Friday, and by about 10 p.m. on Saturday, they posted on their page that “the juveniles responsible for the damage have been identified.”
Police Chief Jeff Ray said that the damage is estimated at more than $500, and that juvenile charges against one or more individuals are being considered.
Ray said that the use of Facebook may have been a big factor in solving the crime.
“I definitely think it helped,” Ray said. “It got the word out and definitely spurred public interest (in the case).”
Two days after that crime was solved, the VPD began investigating a major crime at a local business.
Ray reported on Tuesday morning that at 4:14 a.m., the department received a report of burglary at County Market on Veterans Avenue.
According to Ray, broken into County Market and took the ATM machine located inside the building.
The ATM was found behind the store a short time later, and it was discovered that an undetermined amount of cash had been taken from the machine.
The investigation into the burglary is continuing.
On Saturday at about 5:30 p.m., Vandalia Police responded to a report of a suicidal individual on Sunset Drive.
Ray said that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police also responded, and that prior to the situation being resolved without incident, arrangements were being made for a state police negotiator, Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System robot and armored vehicle, and emergency lighting through the Vandalia Police Department.
Prior to resolution of the situation, Sunset from Jefferson Street to Fillmore Street, and areas east and west of Sunset, were blocked off and nearby residents were evacuated.
The individual was taken to Fayette County Hospital for evaluation, Ray said.
“No one was hurt and no shots were fired,” Ray said.


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