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Freeland police take credit for nabbing Grinch on Facebook

Post was an effort to draw attention for department's new social media presence

December 25. 2013 8:44PM

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FREELAND — Borough police on Tuesday apprehended The Grinch, whom they say was hiding in Luzerne County after failing to stop Christmas in several other cities.
At least, that's what they reported on their new Facebook page.
In a seasonally appropriate ploy to draw attention to the department's new social media presence, police posted a press release detailing the arrest of The Grinch and the investigation that led up to it, as well as front- and side-view mugshots of the green-skinned grump that was first brought to life in children's imaginations by Dr. Seuss.
The department created the Facebook account on Sunday, and The Grinch posting was the second to appear in the department's timeline, following a post on a real armed robbery in Shenandoah on Monday.
“Grinch, 56, a green male who resides on Mount Crumpit near Whoville, had been hiding in the Luzerne County area, looking to steal Christmas trees, ornaments, decorations, and most importantly, presents for local children,” the post states.
“We received a tip from Cindy Lou, of Whoville, who said after failing to stop Christmas in several other cities, he was headed to our area,” said Freeland Police.
The post goes on to reveal more details of the investigation.
The stunt apparently hit its mark, as more than 250 people clicked the “Like” button for the post, and it was shared nearly 400 times by Facebook users as of Wednesday night. The Freeland Police Facebook page itself received more than 360 likes.
A message left on the department's non-emergency phone line was not returned Wednesday night.
Freeland joins a few other police departments in Luzerne County that have turned to social media to issue press releases as well as inform and interact with the community.
The Wilkes-Barre City and Kingston police departments also have Facebook pages that were set up earlier this year, and Larksville police have had one operating more than 20 months.
Newport Township police created a Facebook page in December 2011 and Duryea police created one a year prior to that. An unofficial Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department Facebook page was created in January 2011, but it has few posts and no press releases and states it is not affiliated with the township police department.

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