Shoplifting suspect asked deputies not to put his photo on Facebook

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Martin County Sheriff's Office says a Fort Pierce man had only one request when deputies took him into custody on a shoplifting incident: "Don't put me on Facebook!"

Recognizing the power of social media, Martin County Sheriff's Office routinely uses their Facebook and Twitter accounts to announce area arrests and criminal incidents.

Friday afternoon was no different when deputies snapped photos of the arrest of a man suspected of stealing hundreds of dollars in merchandise from a Kohl's Department store in Jensen Beach.

A loss prevention officer at the Kohl's says he witnessed 21-year-old Jerome T. Ellis stealing merchandise and contacted the Martin County Sheriff's Office. When investigators arrived, deputies say Ellis took off on foot, dropping stolen merchandise along US Highway 1 and Jensen Beach Boulevard as he fled.

According to the sheriff's office, Sergeant Karl Nelson, Deputy James Holloran, Deputy Joe Angelico, Deputy Dawn Ferris, and Deputy Chuck Pattison took off after Ellis.

The chase ended in a swamp where Ellis was taken into custody.

Deputies say when Ellis was being placed in custody, he asked that he not be put on the Martin County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. That request was denied.


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