Police credit Facebook for solving vandalism

Posted Feb. 18, 2009, at 10:24 p.m.

AUBURN, Maine — Three weeks after setting up its own page on Facebook.com, a central Maine police department is crediting the social networking Web site with helping solve a vandalism case.

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Auburn police said three teenagers last week broke into the spa at a Hilton Garden Inn, where they ripped off wall tiles and threw them into the spa and hallway, causing about $1,000 in damage.

Police took the hotel’s video that captured the vandalism and posted it on the department’s page on Facebook.com, which they had set up on Jan. 29.

Detectives then received several anonymous tips from Facebook users who recognized the perpetrators.

Police have charged three boys, ages 15 and 16, with burglary and criminal mischief.