MOBILE. Ala. (WALA) -- We're always asking you to send us video of people "Caught In The Act." This next guy is sure glad he did. The suspect in the case is "a repeat offender" and was not only identified but arrested.
It was the first theft reported of the new year in Mobile's First Precinct -- a bicycle stolen right outside the Home 2 Suites by Hilton at McGowan Park.
It wasn't long after we aired the surveillance video -- that police knew who they were looking for.
"A lot of people recognized him. I had people coming at me on Facebook and a couple of phone calls. And text messages of other people who knew him who said yeah, we've seen this guy before. Your segment on this was a big help -- I do believe," said Doug Dabney, owner of the stolen bike.
It would take a few weeks to track him down, but Mobile Police arrested 43-year-old Chad Wilkins January 31st. While they've yet to locate the bike -- Dabney is pleased with the work of MPD and also gives credit to Fox 10 News Caught In The Act.
"It's a very valuable tool... And I know the police appreciate it. I have to lament back to my story and the story you did just the other day with the guy trying to steal the car and couldn't drive the stick. Where do these people come from -- you gotta wonder... You gotta wonder what people are thinking these days," said Dabney.
While Wilkins appears to be smiling in his latest mug shot -- the joke's on him. While you might think stealing a bike is a petty crime -- not this one -- because it was worth nearly a thousand dollars, Wilkins is being charged with felony.
If you have video of someone Caught In The Act - be sure to email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We just might show it in our newscast.