Community involvement proves worth

Potential criminals be forewarned, social media is part of our daily lives. And it can prove to be powerful.

On Sunday, a photograph taken from a video surveillance camera at the Calcutta Walmart of three suspected purse snatchers was uploaded to the Facebook page of the St. Clair Township Police Department.

Almost immediately, telephone calls began coming into the police station identifying them.

The same photograph appeared in The Review on Monday, and on Tuesday it was reported on these same pages that the suspects had been apprehended. The three were charged with robbery, while a fourth person was charged with obstructing official business.

We’ve urged readers in the past to become more involved, and these arrests are proof that is happening. Facebook does have its faults, but, in this case, it was used to the betterment of our community. We applaud the St. Clair Township PD, and other law enforcement agencies, who use Facebook and other forms of media to get word out, whether it’s on a pending investigation or the conditions of our roadways.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the outstanding collaborative cooperation shown between several departments within our communities. St. Clair Township, Liverpool Township, Leetonia, Columbiana County Sheriff and the U.S. Marshall’s Office were involved in the arrests. Job well done.

Good things can happen when people speak up; when they get involved. Word travels quickly with social media, and this incident proves it.