Hours later, the full-on manhunt for Marcum ended in his arrest. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said, “It's technology at its best.”
Dearborn County law enforcement arrested a man they think is responsible for a string of robberies after Marcus Zanders posted video on Facebook of a pile of cash and a bottle of the same type of tequila just taken in a liquor store robbery in Dilsboro.
The video gave law enforcement enough evidence to get a search warrant. “It certainly made it easier because we knew. We had evidence right away that it was the guy,“ said Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.
A closer look at Zanders' Facebook page also showed another picture of a liquor bottle with money. Officers were able to link that picture to evidence from a prior liquor store robbery in Lawrenceburg.
“It's a good thing for us. We need all of the help we can get and there guys continue to help us,” said Negangard
More and more often, officers say they're seeing criminals who are bragging about their illegal activity on social media.
“They can't help themselves,” said Negangard.
Another example, Sophia Henderson, who faces three counts of child endangerment. Henderson posted video on Facebook of her 12-year old son driving with young children in the backseat
And police say Ray Asher, Junior encouraged a fight between his daughter and another teen. The video of the fight was posted to Facebook, garnering countless comments and criminal charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for Asher.
A Princeton school bus driver is under investigation after she posted a selfie with a bottle of liquor while sitting behind the wheel of a school bus.
And Covington police followed along on Facebook as Michael Vaughan, a decorated military veteran, continuously posted online while holding police at bay outside of his Latonia home in a 20-hour SWAT standoff.
Even if it's illegal activity, “They'll still document it because they want everyone to know about it,” said Negangard.
As criminals step up their use of social media, Negangard assures local departments are also stepping up their technology training.