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Caught on camera: 4 burglary suspects arrested in Woodland

9:22 PM, Dec 23, 2013   |    comments
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WOODLAND, Calif. - Never underestimate the power of social media ... especially in a small town.

A burglary Sunday night was solved in a matter of hours, thanks to security cameras and Facebook.

Around 6 p.m. Sunday, four young Woodland men spent a few minutes looking in the front windows of SorD skate shop on Main Street. Suddenly, one rushed inside and grabbed four skate boards while another held the door.

Co-owner Ryan Smith had gone to the back of the store.

"We heard the ding, the dinger for the door, it goes off, I set the shoes down, by the time I got to the front, no one's in here," Smith said.

The four got away before Smith even knew what happened. He immediately checked the security camera footage.

At 8:30 p.m., Smith uploaded the surveillance video and shared it with his friends on his personal and store's Facebook pages.

By 9 p.m., tips were already coming in.

After cross-checking one of the names on Facebook and seeing one of the stolen skateboards on that person's page, Smith passed along the names to Woodland police. An hour later, officers called Smith back, saying they had the four in custody.

Arrested were 21-year-old Alejandro Sierra-Cota and his brother, 18-year-old Jonathan Sierra, both of Woodland . 18-year-old Ramon Birseno of Woodland and a 16-year-old boy of Woodland were also arrested.

All four face charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary.

Smith was humbled by how the community rallied to help catch the four.

"It really showed how our community [comes together], I mean we're like a huge family, they had our back," Smith said. 


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