Police use Facebook to arrest robbery suspect

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Police used social media to aid in the arrest of a Meadville man wanted in connection with a Thanksgiving Day robbery.

An investigation in Bridgeville turned up evidence that Robert Watkins III, of Meadville, may be involved in the armed robbery of a Bridgeville gas station on Thanksgiving.

Police found Watkin’s Facebook page and sent him a message saying, “It’s only a matter of time before we find you.”

Twenty-four hours later, Watkins was arrested in Rockdale Township near Meadville.
The Bridgeville Police Chief told Action News the case is proof of the power of social media.

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