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Surveillance cameras, Facebook help catch thieves

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A state-of-the-art security surveillance system and Facebook helped Sidestreet Grill and Memphis Police solve a recent burglary.

At Sidestreet Grill in Overton Square, patrons are expected to pay for their beverages.  But owner Kari Betlesky said two weeks ago, two thieves decided to help themselves to a large load of alcohol from a restaurant cooler kept behind an outdoor gate that staff members routinely lock.

"Unfortunately they were busy and didn't lock the gate that night," said Betlesky.

Security cameras captured a woman and a man stealing almost $600 worth of beer and wine.  The two were caught on camera making multiple trips in and out of the cooler, loading up on alcohol.

"They had broken four cases of beer, a case of wine, a case of champagne," said Betlesky.  "It was a complete mess, glass was everywhere."

Kristin Woods and David Boone have since been arrested and charged.  The night of the crime, Boone was seen talking to another customer at the bar.

"They were with another person," said Betlesky.  "They left with that person too."

When staff members checked that customer's Facebook page, they saw a post by Woods saying, "I'd like to collect some of the booty we liberated Sunday if there's any left."

"I gathered that was the person robbing me that night," said Betlesky.

Within hours, Memphis Police solved the case and the suspects confessed.

"If you're a crook, you may want to stay away from Facebook," said Betlesky.

Woods and Boone were both charged with burglary and theft of property.

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