According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, police in Boynton Beach, near Palm Beach, have enlisted Twitter to help catch a suspect in the armed robbery of a gas station. A message asking, “Can you ID this armed robbery suspect?” was sent out via Twitter with a link to online surveillance footage.

“It’s an easy way to reach people very quickly,” said Seamus Condron, community manager of mediabistro.com, an online media and training website. “This is a really large set of eyes and ears that police can call into action.”

In South Florida, police in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton were among the first in law enforcement to embrace websites like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace as additional ways to connect with their communities and gain residents to help fight crime.

Boynton Beach and Boca Raton police departments began sending messages via Twitter in the past year, and have now procured around 850 followers each.

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