Viral Facebook video leads to return of stolen plant

Viral Facebook video leads to return of stolen plant

Credit: Phil Lemieux

Viral Facebook video leads to return of stolen plant

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by Frank Mungeam

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Posted on April 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- It's a story of social media crime, and punishment.

Over the weekend, Paul Lemieux's home surveillance camera recorded a woman coming to the front door of his Hillsboro home, lingering a while, and then stealing a potted plant. The video shows the woman getting into her car and driving off.

It's the kind of petty property crime that's aggravated homeowners for years. Typically, it would not be reported to police. Few people even take the trouble to fill out the paperwork to report such crimes, and there are few resources to follow up on small property crimes.

But the theft had personal meaning for Lemieux, who noted the planter was a gift from his girls to their mom last Mother's Day.

So Lemieux took advantage of his home security technology, and social media. Late Sunday evening, he posted the video of the woman committing the theft onto his Facebook page, asking for help catching her.

 

That video went viral, and as of Wednesday it had been shared more than 35,000 times.

The outcry was immediate. And social media justice was equally swift. Within 24 hours, Lemieux's security camera recorded another incident - the same woman returning the plant, Monday at about 8:30 p.m.

 

Lemieux posted that video as well, thanking everyone who shared the video, crediting them with leading the woman to choose to return the plant.

 

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