Manitoba RCMP credit social media with 10 arrests, countless tips in 2015

Manitoba RCMP are crediting social media with helping them solve several challenging cases and take 10 wanted people into custody this year.

Attempted murder arrest, missing persons located with help of social media, Manitoba RCMP say

Manitoba RCMP are crediting social media with helping them solve several challenging cases and take 10 wanted people into custody this year. (Getty Images)

Manitoba RCMP are crediting social media with helping them solve several challenging cases and take 10 wanted people into custody this year.

Officers launched their new social media strategy in September, and on Wednesday, announced social media posts helped capture 10 wanted individuals, locate six missing persons and identify a number of suspects.

In one case, officers got a tip hours after posting an image of a wanted man on Facebook and the tipster spotting it. He was arrested the following morning.

In another, a suspect wanted for attempted murder was arrested following a tip from someone who saw his photo on social media.

RCMP called their "most remarkable case" a grainy photo posted online led to the arrest of three suspects allegedly involved in a violent home invasion.

"Your help on this file was absolutely outstanding, and we cannot thank you enough for your involvement," Manitoba RCMP said in a release.

According to RCMP, some suspects even turned themselves in after "seeing their faces shared repeatedly on social media."

RCMP say they plan to engage more on social media next year. 

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