Cops Are Catching Crooks Through Pinterest! What Household Crimes Can We Solve That Way?

A Pennsylvania town has had success in catching criminals after posting their mug shots to Pinterest boards -- and that gives us an idea...

You probably use Pinterest like most people you know: for pinning gorgeous gowns, dreamy vacation snaps, or drool-worthy food porn. But at least one user is pinning distinctly less aspirational content.

A crime reporter at The Mercury in Pottstown, Pennsylvania had the idea to start a gallery of mug shots of people wanted by the police.

The town’s police captain F. Richard Drumheller says calls came in to his tip line right away -- and he described a 57 percent increase in warrant services (also known as arrests) according to an NPR report.

"For us it's like, 'Yes,' because it's very enjoyable in police work when the public helps you," Drumheller said in the report.

We love to hear that Pinterest has proven a successful tool in helping the cops catch the bad guys. And it makes us wonder: What kind of other domestic crimes could we solve using the social media platform?

How about we create a board to solve the mystery of who left the toilet seat up again? (Hmmm, we wonder.) Or whose clothes continue to miss the hamper in favor of an adjacent pile on the floor?

OK, we’re only half serious, but would-be cookie thieves beware: We’re getting clever in our approach to finding you out!

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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