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Surveillance video taken to Facebook solves Barre vandalism

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BARRE, Vt. -

By the looks from the street, the Cornerstone Pub and Kitchen seems welcoming and bursting with flowers. But along the side of the building, one flower pot tells a different story.

"It wasn't the crime of the century, but it wasn't about that. It's about ruining someone's property that they care about," said Rich McSheffrey, co-owner of the Cornerstone.

McSheffrey says between Sunday and Tuesday this week, two pedestrians passed by the restaurant. One of them tore out flowers from one of the pots and took off. But luckily a camera caught the vandal in the act and the owners posted a surveillance snapshot to their Facebook page.

"Facebook is so powerful if you use the tool for what it's supposed to be used for. And we have about 3,000 Facebook fans and over 600 of them reposted this. Not to mention all the likes, comments and even finding the person. By today it reached 25,000 people which is three times the population of this town," McSheffrey said.

McSheffrey says within 10 minutes of posting the photos at least 25 people offered up the names of the two people in the photo.

Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon owns the building. He says building the planters and filling them with flowers cost $8,000. And although it is only a couple of hundred dollars to replace the flowers, Lauzon says vandalism of any kind is inexcusable.

"It's discouraging... it's discouraging on the level that people work so hard to make things nice and idiots will try to take it away," Lauzon said.

But Lauzon says although minor crimes like these will always be the responsibility of the police department, social media is a tool the community should take advantage of.

"This is a great community and I think what we've proven is that for every little jerk that will rip up some flowers, there are 800 people who will find him and see him brought to justice," Lauzon said.

Right now, police say they have only charged the female in the photo with unlawful mischief that officials say will most likely result in her paying a fine.

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