UPDATED: Halifax man charged after ad for stolen car parts posted on Facebook

Published on May 7, 2014

Social media has once again helped Halifax police close a case.

A 19-year-old man is facing charges after Halifax Regional Police say stolen car parts were put up for sale on a Facebook discussion page.

“He advertised the parts on a discussion group relating to selling and buying car parts,” said Const. Pierre Bourdages Wednesday. “Someone recognized these parts as stolen and contacted us.”

The parts were reported stolen from Civic Pride Automotive on Bluewater Road in Bedford on April 10. Bourdages said the tipster who contacted police recognized them by their “unique” nature.

Investigators contacted the man who allegedly posted the ad and met with him on Leeds Street in Halifax on Tuesday.

“We set up an operation where an investigator posed as a potential seller,” said Bourdages. “When they confirmed that they were indeed the parts that were stolen, the individual was arrested.”

Officers recovered the allegedly stolen car parts at the meeting site and at a residence on Essex Drive in Herring Cove.

Mikael Albert O’Neill is charged with break and enter, possession of stolen goods, trafficking in property obtained by crime and breach of conditions.

Bourdages said it’s satisfying to see social media helping to fight crime.

“It’s good use of the available technology,” he said. “We have someone that was vigilant looking for almost a month for some parts, and they were able to, when they saw them, contact police and we moved in quickly.”