Stolen car located thanks to Twitter

Power of social media helps RCMP locate a stolen Chevrolet Cavalier.

Once again, Cranbrook RCMP detachment has benefitted from the power of local social media.

As platforms such as Twitter and Facebook move into the mainstream, everyone from individuals, to companies to celebrities to authorities are using the medium as a way to communicate.

At roughly 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, a white, two-door Chevrolet Cavalier was

stolen from the 300 block of Kootenay St. in Cranbrook.

At 6 p.m., the incident was reported on the Cranbrook RCMP twitter account (@CranbrookRCMP).

Only two minutes later, the vehicle was located—by a civilian member of the RCMP no less, who was off-duty at the time.

“They’re processing the vehicle right now for fingerprints, but I don’t know what the results from that would’ve been,” said Cpl. Scott Milliken.