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“Great Rock Salt Caper” Gains Attention Online

SCRANTON — A Scranton resident, frustrated with recent thefts from his home, took to social media with his sense of humor.

He caught a thief on camera taking rock salt off his front porch and the video has now gone viral.

His west Scranton neighbors said social media is being used to try to keep the neighborhood safe.

When Jeremy Collier checked his security cameras Monday night, at first he chuckled at the tip-toed steps of the young woman who came up on his porch in Scranton, takes his bag of rock salt, and then does the same to his next door neighbor.

“So nonchalant about it, I love how she drives through slowly casing out the neighborhood. So, this is premeditated rock salt theft,” Collier said.

Collier bought the cameras after another theft from his porch last month. This time, he’s only out a few bucks and has a slippery sidewalk. However, he said it’s still frustrating that not even his rock salt is safe. So Collier sought help the best way he knows how, on YouTube and Facebook.

“It reaches a lot of people, and the police don’t have time to investigate somebody stealing a can of rock salt. But, it takes two seconds to read a post on Facebook, and if you recognize the person you can reply,” he added.

Collier said a few people have left clues to who the woman in the video may be and it is all being passed to police. Almost 4,000 people have viewed the video on YouTube, and that doesn’t count views on other social media sites.

Mike Siconolfi is part of the West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch. He shared the video on social media and said this form of community policing may work for west side neighborhoods.

Plus, you could get your 15 minutes of fame too.

“It also shows that it’s ok to put security systems on your house. You never know, you just might have the next viral video,” Siconolfi said.



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