CRANBERRY TWP — Township police are embracing the powers of social media to help fight crime.
The township Monday night released a Most Wanted list via Twitter, a list of five people with outstanding warrants from the department.
Police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said Tuesday that the first list was more or less a test for the future, but added that Cranberry police will continue to use outlets like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to catch criminals.
“It's something we've been looking at that other departments have done,” he said. “Cranberry Township has always been very active with social media and very in tune with it. So now we want to use it to get citizens involved to help us complete our job.”
Mascellino said he hopes police will have success with the new method of crime fighting. He also urged people not to approach wanted suspects but rather to call police immediately.
Cranberry Manager Jerry Andree said Tuesday that the township uses social media for many other aspects of township communications with residents.
It makes sense with such a young population, he said, to reach out to people using the latest technologies.
“We found out with our demographic that social media is the most productive means of communication with our residents,” he said. “The average age here is 37, so things like Facebook and Twitter are very important.”
The list, published on the township's website, includes the names, pictures and addresses of the suspects. It includes three women and two men. Police warned residents not to approach these suspects and cautioned that they should be considered dangerous.
Those on the list and their charges are: Jeannie Clinger, 31, of Pittsburgh, retail theft; Anthony M. Cordo, 30, of Butler, making false reports to police; Mary Arlene Detar, 32, of Pittsburgh, retail theft; and Jeffrey Allan Ferguson, 34, of Prospect, retail theft.
Anyone with information regarding these suspects should call police at 724-776-5180, Ext. 5, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.