Pinterest isn’t just about pinning the stuff you like any more: users are now posting mugshots and helping find the police catch crooks. The new trend began when a crime reporter at The Mercury in Pottstown started a “Wanted by Police” gallery. The results have been astounding.
“We’ve actually seen a 57 percent increase in our warrant services, and we actually got more people based on our tips and our calls,” Richard Drumheller, Captain at the Pottstown Police Department, told NPR. “For us it’s like,
Yes,because it’s very enjoyable in police work when the public helps you.”
In fact, Drumheller says some people even called in to say they had seen their own mugshot online and have asked to turn themselves in to authorities.
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