Facebook post leads to Illinois shoplifting arrest

27-year-old Danielle Saxton
27-year-old Danielle Saxton

WEST FRANKFORT, IL. (WSIL/CNN) – These photos posted on an Illinois woman’s Facebook page may look like any selfie you’d see on a social media site.

But they’re not.

“What she stole is a very distinct leopard dress,” store co-owner Kert Williams said.

Police say the photos are evidence of shoplifting, committed by 27-year-old Danielle Saxton from Mortie’s Boutique in West Frankfurt, where multiple items disappeared last Friday

“A dress, a couple shirts, some jewelry, couple items like that,” Williams said.

Williams was heading back to work last week when he saw a woman walking away from the store with the items.

“Her excuse was there was nobody in here. We were in the back working, and that she could just take it. You know, not really much of an excuse there,” Williams said.

Williams checked store security cameras and posted about the theft on Facebook.

Thanks to the pictures on Saxton’s account, other users immediately put two and two together.

“We just had a description and a direction of travel. But when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was. And by looking at the background of the photograph, we were able to pinpoint where she was at,” West Frankfurt, Kentucky Police Chief Shawn Talluto said.

Chief Talluto says Saxton still had the clothes in her hands when officers arrived.

Police arrested Saxton on misdemeanor retail theft charges, and later found she was wanted on another warrant in Jackson County.

He’s not surprised by the help from social media.

“When you put something out there, it’s a matter of minutes before it can go viral, and it can go to the world,” Chief Talluto said.

Mortie’s installed cameras just six months ago, a purchase worth its weight in arrests.

“With having the cameras now, we’ve been able to catch the people. We’ve had an instance before where we caught the people, you know, posting on Facebook. It’s a way of shame,” Williams said.

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