Eleven hours after a bank robbery, a suspect turns himself over to Omaha police. The handcuffs were put on at the police station, but the suspect was identified on the WOWT 6 News website.
When the Wells Fargo Bank was robbed on a Tuesday afternoon, the only thing police had to go off was a small amount of surveillance video. It showed an older man with sun glasses, a beard, and a gun. By Tuesday night WOWT Six News was releasing the same picture, showing the masses. At midnight, 51 year old Scott Prine turned himself over to police, claiming he felt sick about what he did. But a police affidavit shows more, explaining how Prine's roommate Gary Whalley discovered something was up from Prine's brother and friend.
After hearing that Prine may be in trouble, Whalley came to the WOWT Six News website, that's where he found our story on the bank robbery suspect. And he recognized that suspect to be Prine.
When Omaha police interviewed Whalley, he again confirmed the suspect to be Prine.
Bellevue police said social media can be a big help, it's an important tool that can't be overlooked.
"This is where it's at today, there are so many people that utilize social media to share information, to obtain information," said Laurie Synowiecki, Bellevue Police Public Information Officer.
And while social media is a great tool, "It's not taking the place of calling 911 in the event of an emergency," said Synowiecki.
Police urge the public to call in if they have tips about any crimes.
Bellevue police tell us social media is also a way to connect with the community they serve. They encourage anyone to like their page and send in any questions they have about their community.