ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - After seeing his picture posted on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook page as one of the individuals wanted for multiple vehicle burglaries in the Slidell area, a Slidell-area man turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon, according to the sheriff. Detectives are now looking for the other two suspects.
Adam Gunnerson, 24, faces more than 20 counts of simple burglary and theft of a firearm. Investigators said Gunnerson confessed that he and two other subjects, identified as 22-year-old Dakota Alman of Minnesota, and 25-year-old Clinton Stephenson of Shreveport, were responsible for burglarizing vehicles in the Mariner's Cove, Master's Point, River Oaks and Kings Point subdivisions.
Beginning on Jan. 3, multiple vehicle burglaries were reported in these areas. Items stolen included credit cards, debit cards, cash and guns.
During the investigation, investigators determined that Gunnerson also committed similar crimes inside the city limits of Slidell, and that agency was notified.
Arrest warrants have been obtained for Alman and Stephenson. The two left the state after being tipped off that they were wanted and were last known to be in the Ocala Fla. area.
Detectives conducted several search warrants in the evening hours of Friday, January 9, 2015, and recovered some of the stolen property.
"Social media has proven to be a very useful tool when it comes to tracking down and identifying criminals," Sheriff Jack Strain said in a news release. "It is a tool that works very well because of the support our agency receives from the citizens in St. Tammany Parish. Criminals know if they see their photo on Facebook committing a crime, it will not be long before residents turn them into authorities. St. Tammany residents have sent the message time and time again that crime will not be tolerated in our parish."