Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Twitter helps university police catch ID card thief

Monday, December 10, 2012

Police used social media, in this case Twitter, to identify a person who stole a student’s Oklahoma State University ID card and used it to buy books at the bookstore. The thief then resold the books for cash.

According to a university spokesperson, police had security camera footage of the suspect but could not identify him. Police then posted a snapshot of the suspect on the school’s police Twitter page, seeking assistance from students.


The page had 10,000 hits in two hours and within four hours police had received four tips identifying the same person.

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