November 4, 2010

Who needs real detectives when there’s Facebook?

There was a man who was arrested.  This man skipped out on parole.  This man who was arrested and skipped out on parole was able to evade police for the past 12 years.  The man who was arrested and skipped out on parole and had been successfully hiding for the past 12 years was arrested in northern Montana yesterday after disclosing his location in an update on his Facebook page.  OK?!?

A fugitive task force in California learned that Robert Lewis Crose, 47, was working in Montana after he compained about the cold weather.  His Facebook page includes an Oct. 28th post complaining that his “water line froze even with heat tape and wrap”.  Then, somoene asked him where he was at and he responded with a post that said “Cut Bank”.

According to the Miami Herald, Crose was convicted of making a terrorist threat and a gun violation for using a sawed-off shotgun to fend off an intruder at his appliance store in Ventura, Calif., in 1996. He served less than a year in prison and was paroled. Los Angeles Times reports say he was returned to prison for a parole violation and paroled again in October 1998.

California authorities sent pictures of Crose to Montana, which officers distributed around Cut Bank on Friday. Shortly before noon Saturday, officers got a call that said Crose was at a local casino.