Sheriff credits Facebook Friends with finding a stolen Gator

“When things are put on social media, it can be a blessing or a curse..."

FORT PAYNE, Alabama (WDEF) – Whenever police or Sheriff’s officers put up information on a Facebook page, they are opening themselves up for the usual social media criticism.

But one local Sheriff says it can still be a good thing.

Late Sunday night, a John Deere gator was stolen from Ider High School in northeast Alabama.

The staff noticed it was missing on Monday morning.

The school principal posted it on Facebook, including a photo of the stolen Gator.

Not long after that, a resident spotted it and called it in.

Deputies found it at a home on Woodland Avenue in Ider.

They arrested  Jacob Lee Correll on a variety of charges…  Burglary 3rd, Theft of Property 1st, Criminal Trespass 3rd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempt to Elude, Resisting Arrest, Receiving Stolen Property 4th and Parole Violation.

Sheriff Nick Welden said, in this case, the Facebook post made it easy.

“When things are put on social media, it can be a blessing or a curse.  In this case, it was definitely a blessing.”

“We had numerous tips that were called in that led law enforcement straight to where the stolen property was sitting. What thieves don’t realize is that even when they think no one sees them, there is always someone that sees something.”

The Ider Principle also posted her thanks.

I want to thank everyone that shared our post and sent in tips on the location of the truck that we posted. We would have not been able to find the gator or catch the person without your help!!! Ider protects their own The gator has minimal damage and the suspect is in custody. Thank you so much for your help!!!
Bridgett Ott
Ider High School


Sheriff Weldon concluded “I am proud of and very thankful to be a part of such an incredible community.  When our community bands together, it makes us all a force to be reckoned with.”

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