June 11, 2013

Facebook aids in iPad theft arrests

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Once again, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is touting their Facebook page posts in solving another crime.

The latest technology-driven arrest involved the thefts of two iPads from the Game Stop store, 11 miles south of London, on U.S. 25-E, around 9 p.m. on May 29.

A male subject came inside the store, looked around, and left. Soon after, however, the man returned and stole two iPads from a display case and fled the scene. Store personnel spotted the thefts and unsuccessfully tried to catch the suspect.

After surveillance video was posted on the Sheriff’s Facebook page, two tips concerning the theft came in. The suspect was reportedly bragging about  taking the iPads and once his picture was retrieved, the Game Stop employees positively identified him.

An alert on the suspect - identified as 27-year-old Mark A. Westfelt of Gumm Road in London - went out to area law enforcement agencies and on Wednesday night, June 4, Westfelt was arrested in Barbourville by two Barbourville City Police officers.

Westfelt was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. He is a suspect in other area thefts in Laurel, Knox, and Whitley counties.