Woman turns in son after seeing pic on police FB page

February 6th, 2015 by Staff

Joel Brown's mother saw this post on the Casselberry PD's FB page.


(Yahoo News) CASSELBERRY, Fla. – A Florida mother was browsing her Facebook news feed when she came across a post by the local police department asking for help in identifying a robbery suspect who had been caught on surveillance camera during the alleged theft.

She immediately recognized who it was: her teenage son.

Casselberry Police say the woman marched into his room at 1 am. and called police, who found Joel Brown wearing the same Fila sweatshirt seen in the surveillance photos when they arrived at her Winter Park, Fla., home.

“She didn’t wait till morning,” Sgt. Chris Pamatian told WESH-TV. “She took care of it right then.”

The 18-year-old was arrested and charged with shoplifting $670 worth of PlayStation controllers from the Casselberry Target. According to police, Brown, a college student, confessed, saying he needed the money.

Authorities recovered five of the controllers, but according to WFTV, several others had already been sold to area GameStop stores.

Pamatian said that while the department receives crime tips from a variety of sources, it’s unusual to “receive a call from the suspect’s mother.”


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