Greenville Fights Crime With YouTube

Stopping Crooks by Spreading Video Fast

By Mike Valerio, Reporter
POSTED: 11:31 PM Jul 11 2012   UPDATED: 4:14 AM Jul 12 2012
Suspects Captured on Cameras
GREENVILLE -

Surveillance video going viral is one of Greenville's latest strategies to catch criminals on the run. The GPD YouTube page approached 18,000 views Wednesday, as investigators posted a new video of robbers holding up a Kangaroo Gas station.

"We're posting videos of criminals caught on camera so the video is available to everyone," said Sgt. Joe Friday. "Within a few minutes of getting the video online, we get hits. Some have 100 or so views within an hour."

The latest video shows two suspects entering a Kangaroo station at 1301 W. Arlington Blvd. during the early morning hours Wednesday. One man is hooded in black with a horror mask and a shotgun. The accomplice is also masked, wearing orange.

About a dozen surveillance cameras captured video of the suspects, providing two minutes and 30 seconds of evidence on YouTube. The Department's page can be found by going to YouTube.com and searching "GPD Major Crimes Unit."

The footage can be viewed at the following web link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bwJug66YoE

Investigators said the suspects took off with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. The two men were last seen running west from the store, and had their scents tracked by a police dog across Arlington Blvd.  The suspects managed to elude arrest.

Any person who can provide information about the suspects in this case should call the police department at 252-329-4315, or CrimeStoppers at 252-758-7777.