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Wanted Man Taunts Police On Facebook, Arrested 24-Hours Later

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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD- A man trying to outsmart the cops in Maryland, actually helped lead law-enforcement right to him.

And it all started on a police department Facebook page.

"We figured we'd profile a couple of our wanted people that we haven't been able to track down," said TJ Smith of Anne Arundel County Police.

It's called ‘Wanted Wednesday.’

A new online initiative by Anne Arundel County Police.

"We figured we'd use our social media community to help us identify them and then some people might see themselves and turn themselves in," said Smith.

What the department didn't expect was what happened this past Wednesday, when Roger Ireland saw his face pop up on the screen.

Instead of keeping silent, he commented on his own picture.

"That probably was not a good idea for him to do that. (laughs) I wouldn't have done anything like that," said a county resident.

His post taunted police, proclaiming they couldn't catch him.

At least one person made the connection, posting: "Wait what?? Isn't that him right above my comment??"

"We sent it over to some of our investigators and our intelligence department said, hey you guys track him down," said Smith.

Police were able to locate Ireland right after conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle he was riding in, just 24 hours after he said he couldn't be caught.

"I wouldn't call that the best practice if you're trying to elude the police, but we love it. Anybody else that's trying to elude us, we hope that you comment on our Facebook page and let us know where you are and we'll come get ya," Smith said.

 

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