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Facebook Tip Leads to Arrest of Food Mart Armed Robbery Suspect

May 04, 2016 11:34AM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

Timothy Wisnauski (Photo courtesy of the Kendall County Sheriff's Department)

A man accused of robbing the Oswego Food Mart in broad daylight last month was arrested in Arizona this week thanks to a tip received on Facebook, according to the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office.

Timothy Wisnauski, 36, of Carpentersville, was located in Peoria, Arizona, on May 2, with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, the sheriff’s office said.

According to police, an armed man entered the store, 100 Light Road, at around 1:20 p.m. April 23 and pointed a handgun at employees before taking cash.

Images from the store’s video surveillance system were posted on the sheriff’s office Facebook page, police said.

Within one day of the Facebook post, the sheriff’s office received tips from the public regarding the man’s identity. Tips were also received through Kendall County Crime Stoppers, police said.

The tips helped detectives identify the suspect as Wisnauski, police said. Wisnauski was charged with armed robbery on April 27, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Wisnauski was arrested Monday after being tracked to Arizona.

“The arrest of this dangerous subject was made possible by the use of social media, the public’s willingness to get involved and the combined efforts of several law enforcement agencies,” Sheriff Dwight A. Baird said. “I want to thank the public for their partnership and getting involved to help keep our community safe. This lets criminals know we work together and no matter how far you go we will track you down.”

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