A 31-year-old man who is suspected of burglarizing a church has been arrested by the Riverside Police Department and it’s all thanks to the smartphone app OfferUp.
The app, which is similar to the “for sale” section of Craigslist, allows people to post for-sale items by using their smartphones. If another user is interested in purchasing that item, the seller will receive a SMS notification.
In this particular case, police noticed that items that had been reported stolen from a church had been listed for sale on OfferUp. They were able to schedule a meeting with the seller (under the guise of wanting to purchase his items) but arrested him instead.
The suspect has since been charged on suspicion of burglary and on suspicion of receiving stolen property. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Facility on $10,000 bail bonds.
The cost to purchase bail bonds in Riverside is 10%, so in this case, he would have needed to pay a $1,000 fee to a California bondsman transact a bail bond.
Original article: Riverside police become OfferUp buyers to solve a burglary
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