“…In Facebook postings that began Saturday morning, the owner of Kriner’s Diner said they had surveillance camera footage of a car and at least two suspects who, the dinerâ€™s owner alleges, broke into the company freezer just before 5 a.m. Saturday…Once the pictures hit the web, they spread rapidly online. The operator of the dinerâ€™s page said just one picture was shared nearly 48,000 times within 24 hours of being posted…”
The owners of a Midtown restaurant are crediting social media with helping nab the suspects who stole meat from the company freezer. The payoff came Sunday, just after noon, when Krinerâ€™s Diner updated its Facebook page, writing that “Facebook friends” had spotted the car in question and called the police, resulting in an arrest.
Itâ€™s a call the restaurantâ€™s owner said wouldn’t have happened without the postings on social media.
â€œI had mentioned what had happened on my page, and you know, tips just started pouring in and people wanted to help,â€ Andy Kriner said Monday. â€œI posted it on our Kriner’s Facebook page and within 30 hours, they were in custody.â€
Kriner said he uses the social network often, posting specials and other information about his restaurant, but never before had he used it like this.
â€œAn average post of mine has 1,500 views, and I have a lot of people go on there day to day just to look at our lunch specials,â€ he said. â€œI think that this probably had a lot to do with it.â€
Kriner said he couldnâ€™t comment on the details of the still-active investigationâ€”he declined to disclose just how much meat or what other products were stolen, nor how many suspects had been arrestedâ€”but he said the postings on Facebook played a vital role making the arrest.