A South Carolina man got an unexpected surprise on his Facebook account when the deputies he had just been running from posted a message on his social media page.
"Hi shawn, you lost your phone while running from the police. Contact Berkeley county sheriff's office if you want it back," the deputies wrote on Shawn Hagan's Facebook page after they say he dropped the phone while fleeing on foot, allowing them to hack into his social media account and post the message.
They also took to their own Facebook page to ask the public for help in tracking down Hagan, 30.
"Does anyone know Shawn Hagan? (Not asking for a friend). We would really like to return his phone," they wrote Friday. "Next time, secure all valuables before running."
That post was shared more than 2,500 times.
Deputies were able to locate Hagan on Saturday, but not before he tried to flee again. This time, however, the deputies caught him and Hagan was arrested.
In a second post to announce the arrest, deputies said Hagan will face charges for fleeing in addition to drug charges and used the hash tag "#DontBeLikeShawn" in an effort to highlight the cautionary tale.
They also thanked the public for their help.
"Thanks to the many tips we received on Facebook, Berkeley County deputies were able to apprehend 30-year-old Shawn Anderson Hagan," they wrote.
A $50,000 bond was set in connection with the second degree drug offense for methamphetamine and a $10,000 bond was set for the resisting arrest charge, according to jail records.
[Photo: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office]
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