Flagler mail thief turns himself in, deputies say


FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – A man captured on surveillance video taking mail from local mailboxes turned himself into authorities after seeing his picture on Facebook, Flagler deputies said.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Department said it responded to two incidents in the "P" section of Palm Coast after reports of mail being removed from residents' mailboxes. Deputies said in both cases the homeowners put outgoing mail into their mailbox and left their residence. Once they were gone, the mail was removed.

One homeowner in the area who had a surveillance camera installed in front of their home got video of the thief in an older-model Toyota 4Runner.

Deputies said after the video was shared on Facebook more than 430 times, the suspect turned himself in to authorities. He is charged with petit theft.

"Thank you to our social media community for helping get the word out, which put the pressure on and got him to turn himself in, Sheriff Rick Staly said.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: ClickOrlando.com initially identified the victim in the case as the suspect. We regret the error.]