Five Points business turns to social media to help solve crime
Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:30:55 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) " The owner of Revente is using social media in the hopes of identify the suspects who vandalized business.
Surveillance cameras recorded three men walking down Saluda Avenue at 3:35 a.m., when one of the suspects dropped his phone in front of Revente. The video shows the man picking up his phone and then for whatever reason smashing his shoulder through the storefront.
When I saw how it happened I was really angry, says owner Debbie McDaniel. So that is why I decided to post it on Facebook and on YouTube.
McDaniel reported nothing missing following the crime, but the suspects caused around $400 in damage.
According to McDaniel, this is the second broken window she has replaced this year, and for the first time, the crime was captured on camera.
It certainly helps us if something like this happens, McDaniel adds.
In recent months, merchants installed more than 100 privately-owned cameras.
You can see it was intentional. If they did this to one victim, why would they not vandalize someone else's building? said Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott.
The video is currently being reviewed by the Columbia Police Department and several hundred other people as both CPD and McDaniel published the 30 second clip online.
You are able to get the word out very quickly and it almost becomes viral, McDaniel comments.
She hopes by allowing the community to get involved, the men will soon found and prosecuted.
Revente has teamed up with another Five Points business to offer a $200 cash reward and a skateboard for tips that lead to the arrest of the suspects.
If you have any information regarding the case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.