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February 5, 2010

Police use Facebook, MySpace to find suspect

U.S. Marshals arrest Valley tattoo artist wanted in New York

TERRE HAUTE — It isn’t often police thank a suspect for helping them in their case against him, but a local tattoo artist received just such gratitude from the New York authorities who’ve been looking for him since last autumn.

Christopher Crego, 39, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday at the Body Art Ink tattoo parlor near Seventh and Walnut streets in downtown Terre Haute. He had been wanted since last fall, when he failed to show up in Lockport, N.Y. for a sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to assault. He also was charged in August 2009 with drunken driving, possession of marijuana and using a BB gun to kill birds.

The interesting twist in the arrest is that New York police located Crego through postings on the social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace.

In fact, Lockport police posted a thank-you note on Crego’s Facebook page that read: “Just a quick thank you for giving us your current employer’s name and address. Without the help from you and your friends, your arrest would not have been possible. Special thanks for the excellent photos you provided for the U.S. Marshals. Without the help of criminals such as yourself, our job would be much more difficult.”

Crego’s Facebook page lists his current city as Jasonville, Ind., his hometown as Lockport, N.Y., and his employer as Body Art Ink in Terre Haute.

Crego appeared Friday morning in Vigo Superior Court 1, where Judge Michael Eldred showed him a letter from New York officials indicating they plan to extradite him for sentencing.

But Crego said he intends to fight extradition, explaining he had spoken to his attorney in New York who, he said, advised him it was doubtful the state would seek a governor’s warrant to have him extradited on the misdemeanor charges.

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