The Facebook group Hip Mt. Juliet helped the Mt. Juliet Police Department catch a purse snatcher Thursday.
A 65-year-old woman had her purse snatched in the Publix parking lot on Lebanon Road by a man in 1990s model Ford Mustang convertible. A witness posted the crime to Facebook and asked anyone if they saw anything suspicious. Two users quickly provided information on the Mustang, which they saw speeding down Nonaville Road.
“We are very appreciative of our vigilant community members who helped us track down the suspects,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “Social media is a powerful tool, and I’m amazed by the amount of crimes our department has solved through social media.”
The Facebook posts led the MJPD to the 200 block of Whitnell Drive. The suspects, Jacob Gerg, 29, Mt. Juliet and Jonathan Boyd, 29, Madison attempted to hide the car by covering it with a tarp.
Boyd was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail under a $2,400 bond, charged with Theft of Property and Forgery. He was also wanted out of Metro-Nashville for a felony probation violation where the original charge was Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.
Gerg was arrested and booked into Wilson County Jail under a $7,500 bond, charged with Accessory After the Fact and Criminal Responsibility.
The woman’s purse and its contents were returned to her.