Sheriff’s Office starts posting warrants on Facebook

Published 10:14 am Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office is using technology to apprehend people with outstanding warrants.

On Wednesday the Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page it will have “Warrant Wednesday,” in which it will post weekly a picture and information about a person with a warrant in the county.

Authorities hope people will look at the posts, review the information and call dispatchers if they have an idea where the person is staying or living.

Email newsletter signup

Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag said the people posted will have gross misdemeanors or felonies of a more serious nature. People will not be posted for warrants for a petty misdemeanor or speeding.

Kurt Freitag

Kurt Freitag

“It’s people who go to great lengths to hide from us, where they typically bounce from one place to the next,” Freitag said. “Those are the ones we’re going to post.”

On Wednesday, the post was for David Neely, who is reportedly staying in Glenville and who has a bench warrant for failing to appear for his sentencing for felony check forgery.

Freitag said the idea actually came from Lt. Darren Hanson with the Albert Lea Police Department who saw another agency who had done something similar.

J.D. Carlson, deputy director of police for the Albert Lea Police Department, said the Police Department is still reviewing the option.