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FBI Turns To Facebook For Tips In Manhunt For Armored Car Heist Suspect

The FBI is reaching out to its Facebook fans for help in solving a murder and $2.3 million theft.

Last summer social media played a role in helping the FBI track down fugitive gangster Whitey Bulger. now the FBI is looking for help in capturing Kenneth John Konias, Jr., a 22-year-old armored car driver who allegedly killed a co-worker and made off with $2.3 million from Garda Cash Logistics in Pittsburgh’s Strip district on Feb. 28.

A post on the bureau’s Facebook page has gotten 425 likes, 430 shares and nearly 100 comments as of this writing, with some people offering advice and tips on how the FBI should investigate the case. What the FBI is hoping for is that information about Konias, including a mug shot and a surveillance photo of his Ford Explorer fleeing the scene, will help a tipster recognize him.

“It’s a way of reaching a wider audience,” Special Agent Robert Ambrosini told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Before, a person might have seen the poster by walking into a post office. Now you have access right on your iPhone or Blackberry.”

Konias allegedly called a friend and confessed to the killing of Michael Haines. He is believed to be armed with three firearms and have his bullet proof vest. Officials have recovered some of the money, including some stashed at Konias’s grandmother’s grave and at the home of his parents, who are cooperating with authorities.

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