Leon Co. sheriff works with Walmart to make social media celebrities

Posted at 2:37 AM, Mar 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-22 23:55:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office is working with Walmart to make certain people social media celebrities.

To get the sheriff's help in becoming better well-known, at least locally, a person must first risk serving jail time by stealing something from a Walmart in Tallahassee.

This week Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil started a Weekly Walmart Round-Up! to be posted to Facebook. 

"We are constantly arresting people for stealing out of Walmart," McNeil says in his post. "If you decide it's not worth paying for, just know - you've also decided to be a social media celebrity."

Response to the sheriff's Facebook post includes "Excellent work LCSO," "Definitely put them out there for all to see!" and "I'm sure this is going to be a productive way to stop crime and make people feel less resentful toward law enforcement."

One person wants the sheriff to go beyond posting images. "I want video of their faces when they got caught!" she said.

People wanting to request the sheriff's help in becoming infamous can phone him at (850) 606-3300.