Man hails power of Facebook after using it to catch burglar

A 59-year-old man in Britain hailed the power of Facebook after he used the social networking site to catch a bugler

John Germon, from Ashburton, Devon, caught a man who stole a strimmer and chainsaw worth over 300 pounds from his garden, within nine hours by using Facebook.

Germon's 30-year-old son John uploaded the details of the missing cutting equipments on the social network and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Within hours, two people phoned and gave the name of a man who had suddenly acquired a strimmer and chainsaw, the Telegraph reports.

Germon then phoned the man, pretending he was interested in buying the equipments and they arranged to meet in a car park, where the police immediately arrested him.

Germon then acknowledged the power of technology.

"It just goes to show that, with advanced technology, in a close-knit community you can track someone down and solve a crime very quickly," the paper quoted Germon, as saying.

"So many bad things have been said about Facebook. It just shows something good can come out of it," he added.

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