Antelope Burglary Victim Posts Pics of Suspects on Social Media

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ANTELOPE -- A resident of one Sacramento County suburb has posted pictures of two burglary suspects caught on a neighbor's security cameras.

Ivan Vakulich asked friends on his Facebook page for help in identifying the daytime thieves who walked into his backyard and took his son's BMX bike as well as a chainsaw and string trimmer.

The thieves hit three other neighbors on Sadie Court in Antelope.

"I hope the cops catch them," said Vakulich's 16 year-old son, Samuel.

But a Sacramento County sheriff's spokesperson says prematurely posting suspect photos on social media can often hinder an investigation and make it difficult for prosecutors to get a conviction even if they are caught.

Detectives fear that neighbors may get confused in identifying suspects if they see pictures first and photo lineups might also be compromised. Detectives also fear that suspects who see their photos may get rid of stolen items that are necessary evidence for a conviction or lay low or move  their activities to other communities.

Vakulich says his concerns for his family outweigh those concerns. He says the thieves struck during daylight hours when his wife and children were at home, and they are unlikely to come back if they know people are looking for them.

His neighbor Tanya Chernav was also the victim of the same two men who stole similar items from her backyard. She thinks posting the pictures was a good idea.

"It scares me that it happened when my kids might have been running around the backyard, and they were there," said Chernav.

Vakulich says he filled out a burglary report on Thursday when the thefts were discovered. He also turned over more video from different camera angles that might show the license plate of the the getaway car that was also caught on video.