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Valparaiso Police use Facebook to crack teen mugging

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Two Valparaiso juveniles were detained on Sunday on delinquency charges of robbery and battery after Valparaiso Police said that they mugged another juvenile who had arranged to sell them marijuana, in an incident which came to the VPD’s attention through Facebook.

According to police, at 7:45 a.m. officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Morgan Blvd. after the mother reported that her 16-year-old son had posted photos of himself with a facial laceration to Facebook.

Officers determined the following in the course of their investigation, police said: the woman’s son had agreed to sell a quantity of marijuana to two 17-year-old boys, that he met them at a nearby school, and that as the two prospective buyers were examining the marijuana, one of them hit him with “a wooden object.”

Officers, using Facebook, later determined the identity of the two 17-year-olds and after being taken into custody and interviewed, both admitted their roles in the incident, police said.

They were detained at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center on delinquency charges of robbery and battery, while a charge of dealing marijuana is pending against the 16-year-old, police said.


Posted 7/2/2012