Updated: Alleged Wolfville vandal to turn himself in thanks to 'long arm of social media'

Wendy Elliott
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In less than 12 hours, the case of a broken Wolfville window was closed after 18,000 hits on a video of the culprit.

RCMP Sgt. Stephen Power confirmed the man captured on camera breaking the window of MacKay Real Estate turned himself in to the Wolfville detachment, thanks to the "long arm of social media."

Power noted to the power of Internet sharing in these cases.

 "RCMP in Nova Scotia have both FaceBook and Twitter accounts in case there is a need to reach out - we can make a posting."

John MacKay, who runs the real estate office, said Friday afternoon this was an example of the kind of weekly or monthly vandalism many Wolfville businesses endure. His firm has had windows broken before and flower pots tipped over.

MacKay said he was glad the video showed the perpetrator so clearly and was effective at locating him.

"That was very impressive. That's the power of social media," he commented.






MacKay Real Estate has posted on its Facebook page that a man has turned himself in and they are removing the video from the site.

Earlier story:

A swift punch.

That's what a surveillance video shows broke a window at MacKay Real Estate's Wolfville office just after midnight March 7. 

The company posted a video on Facebook Friday morning asking for help identifying the culprits. The six-second clip of a man, walking with a woman, shows him take his fist and smash the large plate glass window. Sporting tank tops, the pair are shown walking west along Main Street.

RCMP Sgt. Stephen Power confirmed the destruction took place overnight. Police are investigating.

Meanwhile the video was placed on the firm’s FaceBook site. It captures images of a young couple, both in bare arms, walking west.

Anyone who might be able to identify the vandal or the woman accompanying him should contact the Wolfville RCMP detachment at 542-3817 or Crimerstoppers.



Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Wolfville

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