Police use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to identify theft suspect at CU Boulder

Social media sites helped University of Colorado campus police identify a theft suspect in Boulder, investigators said Monday.

There were three separate reports of credit cards being stolen in campus computer labs and tech centers in April.

UCPD posted surveillance video of the suspect using the stolen credit cards on its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages on Thursday.

Within 3 hours, UCPD detectives said they got several tips that helped to identify the suspect as CU sophomore Javier Alexis Silva-Acosta, 23. During that time, more than 1,000 people saw the Facebook post, UCPD said.

Police arrested Silva-Acosta at the Center for Community dining hall at around 12:30 p.m. Investigators said Silva-Acosta had credit cards belonging to a victim.

UCPD said they believe Silva-Acosta is the suspect in all three criminal cases.

He was booked into Boulder County Jail on the afternoon of April 18.

Silva-Acosta’s arrest marks the third time this school year that UCPD social media followers have seen posts and provided tips that lead to criminal arrests.