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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Daniel Vargas
New York State Police say family members of a Lockport man pushed him to turn himself in to police after seeing on Facebook that he was wanted for grand larceny.

Daniel Vargas, 46, turned himself in after Troopers posted his warrant on Facebook.

New York State Police Public Information Officer Jim O'Callaghan said "We posted that on Facebook in the intention that the public would be able to see ... And then other agencies piggybacked on their site and news affiliates end up grabbing it."

One of those shares was seen by a family member who then suggested Vargas surrender.

Police say that on June 15, Vargas of Lockport Awning, was contracted to install an awning at a residence in Lockport. The victim paid Vargas $2,800 as a security deposit for the work to be completed in August but the work was never completed. 

When all attempts failed to get the security deposit refunded, Vargas was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. He was processed and arraigned in the Town of Lockport Court where he was released on his own recognizance and schedule to re-appear on Feb. 4.

O'Callaghan said social media helps to get the word out and sometimes assists in getting people to pressure friends and family who are wanted to turn themselves in.

"It's not like other people pry into other people's business," he said. But when they see someone they know on the news or social media, "most people will question someone on it."

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