On the morning of September 20, 2010, Eden Prairie Police responded to a spree of 15 burglaries and theft from motor vehicles. One of the victims reported her stolen credit card had been used at a gas station in Shakopee the same morning. Using video obtained from the gas station to determine the license plate number of the suspected vehicle, a check of the registered owner’s name in Facebook revealed pictures of the suspect and the driver. In addition, recent Facebook posts made by the suspect revealed their current location. Using this information, Eden Prairie Police Department detectives, along with Shakopee Police Department officers, located the suspect in his vehicle outside of the Scott County Courthouse at 2 p.m. the same day. Subsequent Facebook posts made by the suspects were used to charge additional suspects and identify additional burglaries. All total, the suspects were responsible for 33 burglaries and tampers in Eden Prairie. Without the intelligence gathered from Facebook, the suspects and property would not have been recovered in an expedited manner, if at all.
Case Study 1 – Ryan Kapaun, Eden Prairie Police