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Facebook shares help Clarksville Police catch theft suspect

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Social media helps police catch a suspected thief.

Clarksville Police arrested Travis Green earlier this week. One of the people he is accused of stealing from posted a picture of his stolen trailer on Facebook. Nevin Ledford asked people to share it; and that's what led to the arrest.

Ledford is a Kentuckiana home builder.

"We came in Monday morning to start work and it was gone," he said.

But this week, the road to construction has been a challenge.

"We basically had nothing to work with," Ledford explained.

That's because all of his tools were inside his stolen trailer.

"We called the Harrison County Police Department and they took pictures of snow tracks, footprints," said Ledford.

Ledford said turning to social media for help paid off.

"I put it on facebook that it had been stolen and people just started sharing it, started liking it," he said. "I think we ended up with almost 400 different shares."

Ledford soon found out why it is good to share.

"A friend of a friend about three or four people down," he said.

Someone from facebook spotted the trailer in Clark County and called police. Detectives said that led to the trailer, Travis Green and a fight.

"Ended up being a pretty intense physical confrontation and like I said, the officers gun came out of his holster," said Det. Todd McCutcheon, With The Clarksville Police Department.

Det. McCutcheon said Green was eventually arrested, and officers found thousands of dollars in stolen property including a pickup truck, lots of tools and drugs.

"The pickup truck was stolen from Kentucky, the actual plate that was on it was stolen from Palmyra," said McCutcheon.

Green is charged with auto theft, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, hash oil, hashish or spice, possession of paraphernalia, theft, resisting law enforcement and false informing.

Meanwhile, Nevin Ledford is happy the suspect is in jail but more interested in the person who found his trailer.

"I'm actually going to give him a $750 reward," Ledford told WDRB.

Detectives said they've recovered most of the stolen items and they tell us there could be more arrests in the near future.

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