Javier Silva-Acosta busted 3 hours after crime video post in latest social-media-aided arrest

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Deep within each college student beats the heart of a crime fighter.

This statement may seem absurd, but not to the folks with the CU-Boulder police. Department personnel recently nabbed Javier Silva-Acosta on fraud-related charges just three hours after sharing information about him on social media. Moreover, Acosta's arrest is the UCPD's third of the school year in which Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube played a key role in the bust. Photos, videos and details below.

CU-Boulder Police spokesman Ryan Huff, who chatted with us yesterday about the 4/20 non-event on campus this past weekend, tells the story.

On April 16, according to Huff, a student reported nearly $500 of unauthorized charges to her credit card, which had been in a wallet that disappeared from an engineering-center computer lab a few days earlier. (Another student had reported a calculator theft from the same lab around that time.) Then, around 9:30 p.m. that same day, an employee at the on-campus Center for Community's Weather Tech Café informed cops that someone had used her credit card to make a purchase at the eatery half an hour earlier. She later learned her purse had been lifted from her locker at the café .

Fortunately, Huff says, "the detectives investigating this had surveillance video and some screen grabs from that video. So we posted the videos to YouTube and to our Facebook page, along with some screen grabs."

Here's one of the videos shared on the UCPD page:

What happened next? Huff notes that "within three hours of that post," which went live on April 18, "we had several tips that came in to detectives that were all telling us the same person, Javier Silva-Acosta, was the person in the video. We even had people report that they were in the Center for Community dining hall and saw him there right then."

That's all officers needed to hear. They immediately headed over to the café, button-holed Silva-Acosta, a 23-year-old CU sophomore, and put him under arrest without incident. He's suspected on two criminal possession of a financial device counts, three unauthorized use of a financial transaction device charges, two theft under $500 beefs and a second-degree criminal trespassing allegation -- all misdemeanors.

Huff was impressed by the speed at which everything took place. "It was even quicker than the last two times," he says.

What were the previous incidents?

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Facial recognition technology , GPS, RFID, video surveillance, phone taps ...Weren't we taught in kindergarten or before not to be a tattle-tale? This call for the public to point fingers and assist in investigations MUST be stopped. Information is unreliable and it is not the public's job, that's why they pay taxes, we pay taxes for our freedom that isn't free. Besides, with all that fabulous technology why do they need the people? They don't! It's a psychological trick. Be wary even the aware gets caught off guard at times. Blog it out if you can. Advice, NEVER call Crime Stoppers or give police information even if you are trying to help because that information has possibility of being used to incriminate instead of investigate.

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

Malcolm, the story is about the internet snitching...and you know hood rules don't apply to the internet. That's why fools talk so wreckless.

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