The Sparta Police Department is using “Wanted Wednesday,” a series of posts on social media to help them make arrests.
Including the post from this Wednesday, the department has arrested four out of five suspects featured as part of the series. Within about 7 hours of posting this week's "Wanted Wednesday," tips came in an arrest was made.
Sparta Police Chief Mike Kass says it's had success because of the wide reach of the Internet.
"The aspect of social media or electronic media, it's much faster to spread the news where the wanted poster sat in the post office or in the police station and the only time it got looked at is when somebody happened to venture into one of those businesses,” Chief Kass said.
Chief Kass said the first couple of people posted were “kind of well-known people within the community, easy to locate.” The last two people posted were harder to locate and have “been out on the wanted list a little bit longer."
The posts go up at 8 a.m. Wednesday mornings.