Sometimes you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
The Southlake Department of Public Safety in Northern Texas reached out to suspected criminal Crystal Ladawn Finely Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday, addressing her with kisses — and a slightly condescending tone.
Finley is accused of stealing a person’s identity to open up multiple store credit cards in the state.
“What’s been up?!” police wrote. “We’ve obvi been looking all over for you! You’ve been laying low since we last saw you, which was using an innocent Southlake victim’s identity to open up credit cards in person at a ton of stores in the metroplex. Luckily, the loss prevention guys prevented you from getting too much property, amiright?! You opened up those accounts at Z Gallerie, Victoria’s Secret, At Home, Ashley Furniture, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Jared (the galleria of jewelry, nonetheless).”
Police went on to accuse Finley, who is pregnant, of providing a fake ID to another person after getting into a car accident in Dallas.
“SO! Here’s the scoop. We have the warrant and we are letting all of our besties know what you’ve been up to. You’re welcome to reach out to Detective Ellis who is working this case at email@example.com and he will totes fill you in!
Gurl, CALL ME.”
It’s signed love the police with a heart and lips emoji.
The post went viral and has been shared over 23,000 times.
“You covered all of the pertinent information in a creative way,” one Facebook user stated. “All you did was state facts and wrapped them in a fun package and what do you know, this post is being talked about more than just a plain ole descriptive post.”
Others were less than impressed.
“Dang this may help in her defense case since she is innocent until proven guilty,” one poster said, pointing out that the manner in which the post was written makes it seem that she is presumed guilty. “What u mean was allegedly committed these crimes. If she gets off, then maybe next time, be more professional in how you tell the public you're looking for a suspect in a crime…”
It seems that another police department in the area has followed Southlake’s lead. Police in Grand Prairie, Texas, tweeted that they are also looking for Finley in connection with identity theft.
They called themselves her “besties.”
[Photo: Southlake Department of Public Safety]
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